I studied Spanish at Marian University in Indianapolis where I earned my BA in Spanish Literature. I did graduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington where I received a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature. I am a former middle school and high school Spanish teacher spending much of my career at Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, IN. I have also taught Spanish at Butler University, Franklin College and WL Teaching Methods at Marian University and Franklin College. I have directed Spanish teacher summer immersion programs for WorldStridesds and traveled with teacher groups to Spain, Mexico and Cuba. While teaching at the middle school and high school levels I traveled with 30 student groups to Mexico and Spain. I have been a long time writer of supplemental language materials for Teacher's Discovery, Carlex, Gessler, J. Weston Walch and NTC. I also have printed books available on Amazon. I have an Apple Podcast - Tom's World Language Café - a radio show. Lots of fun!
My teaching style is one that allows students to actively participate in class. I love teaching Spanish and especially enjoy creating fun and user-friendly activities for students. For me the best part is to teach language and culture so that students can have authentic experiences. I love student-centered classrooms. I also love risk-taking while teaching Spanish!
Some of my past honors / awards: IFLTA Teacher of the Year Indiana AATSP Teacher of the Year Ben Davis HS and Wayne Township Teacher of the Year Rockefeller Fellowship Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Golden Apple Technology Award ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture AATSP Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Board as Regional Director / Vice-president, President and Director of Technology Past President of IFLTA and twice President of the Indiana AATSP Member of the CSCTFL Board of Directors IFLTA - AATSP Salón de Enseñanza y Servicio CSCTFL Founders Award
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Marian University - Indianapolis Masters of Arts in Spanish Literature - Indiana University - Bloomington, Studied at Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia
I am blessed with a wonderful wife, Jill, and two awesome kids, Dan and Nicole. Jill is a retired middle-school Spanish teacher. Dan is a Spanish professor at Franklin College. Nicole is a hospital administrator for Community Hospitals of Indiana. We have three grandkids - Cooper, Tristan and Tinsley - ages 11, 9 and 7. Dan's wife, Sara, is also a Spanish professor at Franklin College.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, World Language, French, Spanish, German, Arts & Music, Drama, EFL - ESL - ELD, Education, Foreign Languages, Music and Dance, Gifted and Talented, Literature, Basic Reading, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Informational Text, Occupational Therapy, Coaching, Close Reading, Latinx Studies