2011 – present – High school teacher – Spanish – public school.
2009 – 2011 – Middle School teacher – Spanish – public school.
2008 – 2009 – High school teacher – Spanish - private school.
Augusta State University, Augusta, GA, BA in Spanish Education with a minor in General Studies with an emphasis in culture across the disciplines, 2004-2008
Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, BA In Spanish Culture and Language, 2005
Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, Masters in Spanish Culture and Language, in progress, 2017
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
As a teacher, I aim to perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning. More specifically, as a Spanish Language Teacher, I introduce students to a canon of language works and ask them to articulate their reactions, not only presenting a repertoire but also teaching independent critical listening and thinking.
To this end, I seek a balance in my courses between lecturing to students and asking them to make discoveries. I encourage students to engage with the topic at hand, with me, and with each other in the belief that good teaching depends upon intellectual exchange.
My approach to student assessment reflects my two goals. First, the student is expected to master a body of knowledge by demonstrating they have met the standards that I set forth on the first day of school on exams, quizzes, and communication. Second, students are given the opportunity to reflect upon the material at greater leisure in written assignments and projects outside the classroom and in class that emphasizes the skills of critical thinking and listening acquired during the semester. While my standards are high, I help the students to meet expectations by providing office hours, review sessions, and the chance to submit draft papers and revisions.
I believe in a flexible manner of instruction, responsive to the unique atmosphere of a given class. In conducting either a large lecture or small seminar, I am aware of students’ different experiences and temperaments in hopes of developing their strengths while ameliorating their weaknesses. Every student, regardless of background, can improve his or her ability to listen to and understand the target language.
I present each student with the opportunity to improve in the different modes of communication and connections by presenting them with the different sources available via the internet and written sources such as newspapers, books, and journals available in the target language.
Each student has the same opportunity in my classroom regardless of background, disability, age or race; if they are willing they will learn the target language.
First Semester SY 2017-2018:
1st block – Spanish II
2nd block – Spanish II
3rd block – planning
4th block – Spanish I
Second semester SY 2017-2018
1st block – Spanish I
2nd block – planning
3rd block – Spanish I
4th block – Spanish III Honors.