What organization do you work for?
What grade-level and subject do you teach?
3rd grade Spanish
Where did you attend college, and in what did you major? List all that apply.
I attended UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. I majored in International Studies (focus in health in Latin America) with a double minor in French and Portuguese.
What is the best part of teaching?
I am in love with those children. I get to spend every day with 110 of my favorite people on Earth.
What is the most difficult part of teaching?
Differentiating is the most difficult part. I have everything from native speakers to very early beginners, so it is a challenge to make sure every child is getting what they need and in an engaging manner.
Describe a successful teaching strategy that you use in the classroom.
I try to make Latin America real to them. I bring in food, have them listen to music, have pen-pals in other countries, and we are going to be Skyping (starting next week) with one of my friends in Argentina.
How does this impact your students’ achievement?
This way, they see how passionate I am about these cultures, and they can see why it is beneficial to learn Spanish. It gives them power to travel and meet people in other cultures.
What 3 words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?
Tiring, helpful, motivating
When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?
I love being involved in Bible studies, cooking, traveling, being outdoors, and dancing.
If you could create a t-shirt with a slogan that represents your philosophy of education, what would it say and why?
“Deja que el mundo te cambie y tu cambiaras el mundo”. It means that if you let the world change you, you can change the world. I think it is extremely important that the children learn how to respect everyone. They need to understand that everyone has intrinsic value, even themselves. I believe that having as much exposure as possible to as many different experiences and people as possible, and then being able to meet this exposure with a humble heart and a respectful mindset will take them farther than almost anything else.