Katherine Lupton holds a Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Arts in Spanish from Portland State 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 and literature. 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. In 2013, Katherine created the Advocacy Project, a community project that partners students with community groups in volunteer projects that that further her student’s proficiency in Spanish. In June 2014, 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. In 2014, Katherine created The Immersive Classroom, LLC (www.theimmersiveclassroom.com). Please visit the site for further lesson planning ideas!
As a high school and university level Spanish teacher, Katherine consistently integrates the Comprehensible Input method, as well as the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) method into her classroom. These techniques, which attempt to recreate the immersive environment of living in a foreign country, are highly successful at rapidly improving students' speaking and listening ability in the target language.
Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching - 2019 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 Master of Science in Education - Johns Hopkins University
Please visit www.theimmersiveclassroom.com for ideas on student travel and lesson planning!