I taught High School Spanish at a large Title 1 public school for 6 years and served as my school's staff development coordinator for 2 years. I now am working on my PhD in Educational Technology at Arizona State University, where I conduct research and teach in their teacher education program.
I believe that people learn by doing, and language students learn by reading, listening, writing, and speaking in the target language. As a teacher, I act as a faciliator of students' active learning-- using engaging, relevant collaborative activities.
I was the Arizona Language Association's "Young Educator of the Year". I also received a $10,000 Century Link Grant for Technology Innovation which supplied iPads for my classroom.
B.A. in Experimental Psychology and Spanish Literature from University of Arizona (Suma Cum Laude - highest honors); M.S. in Experimental Psychology (focus on cognitive/ and linguistic development) from University of Washington; M.Ed. in Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University
I come from family of teachers and believe strongly that like Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". I learned Spanish growing up in Phoenix, studying abroad in Valencia, Spain, and then Santiago, Chile. I've gotten to work, volunteer, and travel all over the Spanish-speaking world, most notably teaching 1st and 2nd grade at a bilingual elementary school in Honduras. I blog at www.SolAzucar.com and www.SecondarySpanishSpace.com. Follow me by clicking on the links below!