Katherine Lupton holds a Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University and has been teaching high school and university level Spanish courses for many years. Katherine teaches through immersion and comprehensible input, and is passionate about providing students with opportunities to experience Spanish-speaking culture through music. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, Katherine taught English in in Madrid, Spain for two years. While in Spain, Katherine perfected her Spanish and integrated herself into the local culture. As a student of the public school system herself, Katherine is also an advocate for quality education in public schools and works to assure all of her students have access to opportunities to succeed. Katherine has involved her students for two years in the Advocacy Project, a community project that partners Baltimore City students with community groups in volunteer projects that promote the Latino community in Baltimore and further her student’s proficiency in Spanish. In June, Katherine took a group of students from Baltimore to Cuba. They were the first high school group in the state of Maryland to travel to Cuba. Katherine will take another school group to Cuba this year.
As a high school Spanish teacher, Katherine consistently integrates the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) style foreign language teaching into her classroom. This technique, which attempts to recreate the immersive environment of living in a foreign country, is highly successful at rapidly improving students' speaking and listening ability in the target language.
Kennedy Award for Teaching Excellence - Semi-Finalist - 2017 Sue Lehmann Teaching Award Regional Award Recipient - 2015 National Endowment of the Humanities Grant Recipient - 2015 MFLA (Maryland Foreign Language Association) Presenter - 2015
Master of Arts in Spanish - Portland State University (In progress) Master of Science in Education - Johns Hopkins University
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