I have been teaching for 6 years now and have taught in both urban and suburban districts. I now teach Spanish 4 and 5. Spanish 5 is a dual credit course (Spanish 204). I also was a Credit Teacher and Credit Facilitator for Concordia Language Villages Lago del Bosque for three years.
I tend to utilize content-based instruction and create thematic units for my students. I use the target language and bring in content that is culturally interesting and age-appropriate. I rely a lot on group work, activities and games to engage students.
In 2015 I was the recipient of the AATSP SHH Park-Sihocky Award for New Chapter Sponsor of Spanish Honor Society. I have also been asked to present a number of times to staff at my school about different technologies and teaching techniques. I present each year at the WAFLT Conference as well. Before I began teaching in my current district, I spent a full year living in Salta, Argentina as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar where I taught English, volunteered in the local community, and enrolled in a master's program in Ciencias del Lenguaje at la Universidad Nacional de Salta.
I attended Marquette University and graduated in 2011 with honors, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Middle/Secondary Education and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture along with a minor in Sociology. I earned my Masters of Education in World Language Instruction from Concordia College in 2017.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, photography, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.