Heritage Community Charter School does not teach Spanish as a separate subject in the same way that most traditional schools do. Our students are taught in Spanish. In my class, students learn Language Arts, Reading, History and Geography content in Spanish. I am very excited to work with this year's group of third graders and their families. I believe in order to have a successful year parents and teachers need to work together to support our kids.
Estoy muy emocionado de trabajar con este grupo de alumnos y con sus familias este año. Heritage Community Charter School no enseña español como una asignatura separada de la misma forma que la mayoría de las escuelas tradicionales. Nuestros estudiantes se les enseña en español. En mi clase los estudiantes aprenden literatura, lectura, historia, geografía y arte en español. Yo creo que para tener éxito los padres y maestros deben trabajar juntos para apoyar a nuestros niños.
What to expect
Students are taught grade level content in Spanish. I do not translate lessons. Students are given work and reading material in Spanish. Things move slowly in my room because it is hard to learn new content and learn that content in another language.
I expect students to be active participants in their learning. I expect them to ask questions, to keep an open mind, to make connections, try their best and watch what is going on. Most importantly, I expect kids to learn to be okay with not understanding everything, learn to trust their instincts and to be okay with getting the gist of the information.
My third-grade class
I am the student standing in the middle row, third one from the flag, wearing the white shirt. :)
I am happily married; we will celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary this year. We have two incredible children; Joseph is 20 and Paige is 28.
I love to travel. I am always willing to go exploring, I love to visit new places. I've been very fortunate with HCCS, we had to go to several different states for training, each time was a wonderful experience.
Besides traveling, I also love to paint and create things. I don't get a lot of time to craft during the school year so I take advantage of every minute of summer.
Spring is my favorite season.
My favorite colors are blue, purple and green.
My favorite book; there are so many, my ultimate favorite book is Ish by Peter Reynolds.
Favorite sound; babies laughing, actually, anyone laughing. I love hearing a good, uncontrollable, pee- your-pants, kind of laugh, they are contagious.
I also love movies, I love a good tear-jerker, mystery, action, scary...
My favorite beverages; Coke Zero, Dr. Pepper and hot chocolate.
My favorite food; non-spicy mexican food, and pasta, oh and seafood, I just love food.
My obsession; pens! I LOVE crazy and brightly colored pens, currently I am obsessed with PaperMate Flair Felt Tip pens - they are the best!
more about me
I often get asked how I learned Spanish; technically, it was my first language. I grew up being able to speak in Spanish and English. I was born in Madrid, Spain. My mother is a Spanish citizen and my father is an American. I have a huge family still living in Spain, I get to chat with them on FB and keep in touch.
We moved to Idaho when I was a sophomore and before that I lived in Texas for three years. Texas was not a good experience for me and because of it I quit speaking in Spanish for many years. After I became an adult, a friend of mine convinced me that being bilingual was an asset and something I should be proud of, not something to be ashamed of.
This is the reason I believe in dual-immersion programs. No child should ever feel ashamed of their heritage or speaking another language. This type of program allows students to learn from one another, be proud of who they are and it is a great way to build community.
I graduated from BSU in 2011, my degree is in Bilingual Elementary Education K-8, with an endorsement in English Language Learners k-12. The strategies I learned to teach English come in very handy teaching Spanish to non-native speakers.
I've been working at HCCS from the beginning. The school opened for the 2011-2012 school year. Before my time as a teacher with HCCS, I taught kinder through third-grade with Boise Elementary Spanish, I was a substitute teacher for other Spanish Immersion schools, and before that, I worked as a Para-Professional in Special Education.
I'm currently working on a Master of Education Technology degree.
I love what I do, it was always a dream of mine to become a teacher.