I have been teaching Spanish, World Studies, and Intercultural Communication for 32 years. I currently teach Beginning and Intermediate Spanish at a high school and at a community college in a small town. Many of my lessons are catered to teach my students cultural and emotional intelligence as well as Spanish. I also use Zumbas to introduce vocabulary (comprehensible input), history, and cultural concepts.
I introduce themes, which are substantiated with TPRS, reading, zumbas, interviews, technology, games, research, and projects (scaffolded as needed). Themes are developed based on students' interests. I encourage students to go up in language and thinking difficulty. It is also paramount to offer many choices of assessments to meet my students' gifts, skills, and learning styles.
I was Rotarian of the year in 2017 for my role as the advisor of our high school's Rotary Interact Club. I take students in Rotary exchange trips to Spanish speaking countries to perform community services (and practice Spanish).
BS in Forest Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 1982 History and Spanish Teacher Certification, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 1986 Master in Educational Leadership, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 2006
I have been very lucky and acquired a breadth of experience in teaching by working in different states, working with ages 5-65, and working in a variety of institutions (public, private, even a prison). I believe in the power of education and being an educator is definitely my calling and passion.