I'm in my 2nd year of teaching elementary Spanish. I love it! My previous experience was teaching high school and middle school. Before living outside of the US, I taught Technology Education.
I am not a fan of silent classrooms. Spanish is a spoken language! I don't mind many things going on in the classroom at a time. However, I do NOT like chaos (don't look at my desk). I really want students to learn to take charge of their own education. I prefer if students handle their own discipline. Obviously, I have the final say. I love asking for input from everyone. I ask students, teachers, teacher assistants, principals, mentors, parents, colleagues, etc. for feedback. Collaboration is so beneficial. Why do you think Project Runway designers are so successful? They feed off each other! But unfortunately most teachers rarely have time to visit other schools, . Since I'm a K-12 charter, I have a unique opportunity to have PLC in subject area.
I'm not really big into tooting my own horn but I have become a certified Duolingo Educator. I am regularly asked about how I use Duolingo in my classroom. I started a Learning Community where adults use Duolingo and add me as their teacher under Progress Sharing. They use these same lesson sheets! Their membership also gives them access to a private Facebook page for additional resources. Finally, we have #MonthlyMeetUps where I use TPRS, a context-based storytelling approach to teaching language.
I majored in Technology Education at NC State. I taught Architecture, Graphic Design, CADD, Manufacturing and Materials. I have always loved Woodworking. I worked at an on-campus facility called the Craft Center for 3 years while in college. It was there that I discovered a love of teaching.
My wife, my 2 year old daughter and I arrived in Costa Rica in 2002 for Language School. During our time in Costa Rica, we studied 3 hours a day for a year! Also, our son was born while we were there. After our 2 years in Costa Rica, we transitioned one country north to Nicaragua. We lived in León for 3 years. Our family of 4 then moved to México, DF aka Mexico City. Returning to the US in 2011, we came back to our own country and culture.