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Mount St. Mary's University (Spanish Literature)
American University (Master's)
When it comes to language learning, I have to say it has been influential throughout my life. The extent of my foreign language experience and exposure is probably only a little bit above average for most Americans.
My first experience with a foreign language happened in elementary school when Spanish class was part of our Specials sort of like P.E. and Art. Initially, I had no idea what was being said around me but as I moved from grade to grade I realized that my hearing and comprehension of what Mrs. Figueroa was saying was getting better.
I moved to the United States when I was going into the fifth grade and my school did not have a program like the one I had just left. I spent the next two years without any foreign language exposure. In the seventh grade I started taking it again and surprisingly it was like I had never lost anything I had learned. I continued with the language through high school and decided to minor in it during my undergrad. I then spent a semester studying in Madrid to decide whether or not to major in the language. One important insight I gained from this study abroad was how intertwined language and culture was as I volunteered at an orphanage in Salamanca on weekends with some of my friends.
When I came back to America I spent my summers volunteering as a Teacher Assistant for an ELL program for elementary kids. I fell in love with it but wasn’t quite sure if my next steps would involve ELL teaching. So, I accepted to be a long-term substitute teaching beginning Spanish and I had a blast. However, as much fun as it was I enjoyed teaching my 4-5 year old ELL learners the best. I’ve learned along the way that the process is hard but children are always willing to meet their goals 100% and when you see that all the hard work is paying off. that is the best motivator to keep teaching day after day. I hope in the future to continue teaching in the K-12 setting especially middle and elementary school; but also, teaching abroad during the summer time. My philosophy of education has always been to develop the strength within the learner to excel in order to ensure that they believe they can accomplish anything.Habits are built from the bricks of repetition. They are not something we receive in one big block and call our own.
I have an MAT in ESOL K-12 and certified as an ESOL teacher. I currently teach ESOL for MCPS.
I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to work with students and their parents and I look forward to hopefully working very closely with you to ensure your student’s academic success. Contact me with any questions or to schedule a lesson.
When it comes to language learning, I have to say it has been influential throughout my life. The extent of my foreign language experience and exposure is probably only a little bit above average for most
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