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.
me in third grade
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 20th wedding anniversary this year. We have two incredible children; Joseph is 19 and Paige is 27.
This year we are planning a wedding. My daughter will be getting married July of 2018. I am super excited.
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, I can't think of just one or two.
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!
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...
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 a few years. I quit speaking in Spanish after we moved to Texas. 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.
I graduated from BSU in 2011, my degree is in Bilingual Elementary Education K-8, with an endorsement in English Language Learners k-12. I've been working at HCCS since we began the 2011-2012 school year. Before my time as a teacher with HCCS, I taught Spanish with Boise Elementary Spanish, I taught kinder through third, I was a substitute teacher for other Spanish Immersion schools, and before that, I worked as a Para-Professional in Special Education.
I love what I do, it was always a dream of mine to become a teacher.