Education should inspire students. It should cause students to think as individuals, to expand their world views and to invoke an appreciation of culture and diversity. Spanish is the perfect tool to accomplish these goals. As an old proverb says, you can “live a new life for every new language you speak.”
These goals cannot be reached without a productive and caring learning environment. As their teacher, I am their role model. For my students to value education, I must show them my passion for the subject and provide them with the support and care that will enable them to fulfill their personal best in language acquisition. My students feel comfortable and respected in my classroom and this, too, goes hand in hand with my teaching.
I treat my students as responsible individuals who are preparing to set out, on their own, into the wider world. Providing adolescents emotional and social support allows them to feel their strength and in turn they develop trust and confidence in navigating the world before them. I must be available to them not only as a teacher of language but also as a person who connects with their struggles and guides them through their difficulties.
My job as a teacher is to empower students to become strong individuals, who confidently speak Spanish, and are ready to move forward as engaged citizens in a global world.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: DePaul University - Bachelors, Spanish & Education
Graduate Degree: Middlebury College - Masters, Spanish
Speaking Spanish. Travel. Reading. Running.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching must demonstrate to students the importance of what they are learning. As a Spanish teacher, I give students the tools to introduce them to the lives reflected in the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Strengthening their skills in grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, and immersing themselves in the speaking of Spanish are important prerequisites to appreciating the diversity of another culture. Classroom dialogue about cultures and how other people live is a crucial component of language learning and leads to student engagement in the lives of others. Through inquiry, practice, and discussion, one learns a language to become connected with other worlds, and through this connection we learn empathy and compassion motivating us to act. I believe it is crucial that my students become socially responsible and active members of society.