My name is Katharine L. and I graduated from Boston College in May 2013 with a degree in secondary education and Hispanic Studies. Through my coursework and particularly through my five semesters of student teaching in several Boston area high schools, I have developed the skills and experience necessary to be a successful Spanish teacher. At Boston College, I completed specific courses that focused on various aspects of teaching at the secondary level such as secondary curriculum and instruction, classroom assessment, working with students with special needs, secondary reading instruction, and social contexts of education. However, the most beneficial aspect of my academic career came with my field experience student teaching in four different high schools throughout Boston, where I had the opportunity to apply my classroom learning in practice.
Each of my student teaching experiences has provided me with unique learning experiences within the classroom, in which I have been able to develop professionally through working closely with veteran teachers. Throughout all of my practica, I have planned interactive and engaging lessons by incorporating appropriate technology, and differentiating instruction in order to reach a diverse class of learners. Furthermore, I constantly work to align my lessons with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and strive to reach all five strands in the foreign language standards. Student teaching has helped prepare me for the many demands of teaching, and due to my experience in the formal classroom setting, I believe I would make an effective tutor.
Additionally, I studied abroad for a summer in Santiago, Chile and a semester in Madrid, Spain where I completed all my coursework in Spanish language and art history, Modern Spanish Literature, Spanish Literature of the Golden Age, and studies on the environment and society of Spain. All of my courses were conducted in Spanish and taught by local University faculty. As a native English speaker and a future Spanish teacher, I believe that one of the most important aspects of my future teaching is my ability and knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. My coursework abroad greatly improved my spoken and written Spanish and I gained a more global perspective through my immersion in the unique Spanish and Chilean cultures. In addition to my coursework, I completed an international pre-practicum in Madrid in a bilingual high school. My insights gained during my time abroad have helped me grow as a person and a student and will translate into my teaching, as I bring in real life experiences and knowledge into the classroom.
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