This is unofficially my second year teaching. I taught for a year as a long term substitute in a suburban school in New York. I taught in a public high school (Spanish II) and in the school districts alternative education program where I taught 7th grade Spanish I, 8th grade Spanish I, High School Spanish I, and Spanish III. Currently, I am teaching in a city school in Virginia. I am the only Spanish teacher in the district so I teach all the Spanish class (I, II, and III). Additionally, I am the ESL teacher for the district so I also teach all ten of the ELL students during what would be my planning period.
My main goal with teaching is to connect with my students and broaden their prospective. I try to make foreign language as fun and reachable as possible. I find many students come into my classroom with little confidence in language and often have a lot going on in their personal lives. I try to make myself an approachable teacher and help to build their confidence with language. I do so by integrating a lot of games and hands-on projects in the classroom.
I was voted teacher of the month in October as well as nominated for Teacher of the Year.
I received my Bachelor's in Science from SUNY Brockport where I majored in Spanish and completed their education program. I then went on to complete my Masters in Education from Canisius College where I studied English as a Second Language as well as Bilingual Education.
As a foreign language teacher, I love to travel. I love to take any opportunity I have to immerse myself in culture and language. I feel I have the best opportunity to spread my knowledge and experience with the youth through my own experiences. I try to bring as much of this experience into the classroom as possible so my students can broaden their own perspectives.