I began learning Spanish as a seventh grader. In high school I travelled to San Luís Potosí, Mexico with the Indiana University Honors program in foreign language. On this trip, I lived with a family, took outside trips, took classes, and was only allowed to speak in Spanish. This program is where I fell in love with, not only the language, but also the culture and people. I received by Bachelors of Science Spanish through college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied in Guanajuato, Mexico. I then moved to Denver and began...
I began teaching in an elementary school, where I taught in a bilingual classroom with the purpose of transitioning the students into English. They learned all the subjects in both English and Spanish. After five years, I transitioned into teaching Spanish. During the first year, I taught half-time elementary school Spanish (K-5) and the other half Spanish 1 to high school students. For the next two years I taught, Spanish 1-3 at the high school level. Then, for the last eight years, I have taught at a 6-12 school, where I taught Spanish...
Denver Center for International Studies, Spanish Teacher
2009 - 2017
I taught Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and AP. These classes were mixed age from middle school though high school aged students. I developed the curriculum for Spanish 5 and AP. I travelled with students to Spain and Argentina. I coached Speech and Debate for seven years.
Mountain Range High School, Spanish Teacher
2007 - 2009
I taught Spanish 1, 2, and 3 to high school students. I collaborated with my language department.
Brown Elementary School/North High School, Spanish Teacher
2006 - 2007
I taught half-time at the elementary school to K-5 students. At this school, I created the curriculum to teach the students Spanish. The other half was taught at the high school level. I taught Spanish 1.
Ellis Elementary School, First-Second Grade Looping position (bilingual classroom)
2001 - 2006
I taught Spanish speaking students reading, math, science, and social studies in Spanish. I would introduce more and more English. The goal was to have them transition into an all English classroom within three years, while maintaining their education in Spanish.