Karlee Nichols has taught within a private and charter school setting, but specializes in the private sector. She has been teaching Spanish levels 1-3 since 2008.
Karlee Nichols focusses on life-application as she teaches practical vocabulary for daily life and focusses heavily on understanding the grammar structures of Spanish, but also places a strong emphasis on daily usage by integrating conversations and discussions even at an early introduction level. She is constantly adapting her classes to meet the needs and goals of her students. Western Carolina Language Institute (WCLI) offers an educational environment developed to individualize your Spanish language-learning needs structured around the content you desire to learn and the time you have available. WCLI's intention is to efficiently prepare you for practical communication with the Hispanic world in our communities and abroad.
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- Central College in Pella, Iowa (Fall 2002-Fall 2003) - North Park University in Chicago, Illinois (Spring 2004-Spring 2005) - Studied abroad Spring 2005 in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico through Baden Powell Language Institute and NPU - Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL with a degree in Foreign Languages emphasis in Spanish
I had the honor of growing up in the Great Heartland of Iowa, where I was raised in a small farm town. It was during the summer after my freshmen year in high school that I was introduced to a culture that was very different than my own when I had the opportunity to travel to Matamoros, Mexico for a missions trip with my hometown church (Evangelical Free Church of Britt, Iowa). It was during that time that I completely fell in love with the Hispanic culture, Spanish language and international studies. I had taken one year of Spanish in high school and was amazed at how much I could understand and communicate, although it was still very limited. From there, I went on to take three more years of Spanish in high school and returned to this same area in Mexico for two summers after I graduated high school. I went on to get my undergraduate degree in Foreign Languages with an emphasis on Spanish. During my collegiate career, God led me on many journeys. I studied abroad in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico through North Park University for a semester. In a city of 1.5 million people, I was able to volunteer in an orphanage and interned at an inner-city youth ministry organization called Centro NOE. During my second summer serving through Adventures in Missions (AIM), I met my husband, Reggie. In May 2005, we were married, just before my senior year of undergrad. Upon graduating (December 2006) with a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language (Spanish) from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama (after first attending Central College in Pella, Iowa and North Park University in Chicago, Illinois) we had our first of four children in February 2007. In April of 2008, our son was born. Although I vowed I would never teach high school Spanish due to some negative experiences in my first couple years of high school, I found myself teaching part-time high school Spanish 1 and 2 at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester, MN. It was there that I discovered a passion for teaching Spanish. Although I did not stay there long, with my desire to be at home with our growing family (baby #3 came in December 2010), my experience and knowledge I took away from Schaeffer changed me forever. Throughout our time in Rochester, I was also asked to privately teach four middle school/freshman students who also attended Schaeffer Academy. This style of more personalized teaching developed into a long-term passion that heavily influenced what I do today. In 2012, my husband, Reggie, went back to school, this time in the medical field through Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I left teaching to create stability for our family as my husband obtained his degree as a Nurse Practitioner. In November 2012, blessing #4 came to the Nichols home in the form of a feisty beautiful baby girl. In 2013, God led our family to Brevard, North Carolina, where He continues to grow and stretch me as a wife, mother, individual, teacher and friend. With our home being transformed into the current WCLI classroom location, I am teaching Spanish classes both to local communities and online, specially designed to meet the needs of anyone who wants to pursue learning Spanish but cannot commit financially or time-wise to a college class or it is not offered at their school. Over the past four+ years, we have been active and are now members at Brevard Community Church, where my husband and I are on the worship team and are on leadership for men’s and women’s ministries. My hobbies include singing, running, traveling and hanging out with my incredible husband and four amazing children. I am excited to return to the classroom to share my passion for culture and language with you! I am hoping that the future of online and face-to-face classes for WCLI is very bright, thanks to your willingness to journey with me. As a WCLI student, you will be able to develop a firm foundation of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture that will allow you to be more linguistically proficient, whether conversationally or at an advanced level. So, if you are interested in traveling abroad (whether for a week, a month or longer!), you can be confident that you will not be overwhelmed but prepared for an exciting adventure in a new culture. It is my goal to demonstrate how even minimal exposure and studies of the Spanish language can prepare you to communicate with millions of new people throughout the world and in our own communities. I love to watch students of all ages learn and begin processing how language and culture influences our world locally and globally. It is my goal to help others grow by bringing cultural awareness to our community and preparing others for bilingual and multi-ethnic communication in our own communities and abroad.