Enthusiastic, motivated, K-12 certified Spanish teacher with 21 years of experience in diverse classroom environments. Dedicated to innovative and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of culture, language, and learning in children and young adults. Eager to assist students to increase their global awareness and bilingualism in the twenty first century.
Attended an intensive immersion graduate program for five consecutive summers.
Professors were from Spain, Cuba, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico and Argentina.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade average.
Mentee of Dr. Eileen Glisan
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.68 grade point average
Received twenty one credits by taking a variety of classes at La Universidad de Valladolid.
Lived with a non-English speaking host family.
Traveled extensively throughout the country.
Tutored English throughout the semester.
Taught every level of Spanish in the curriculum
(Introduction to World Language -Advanced Placement Spanish 5)
Created communicative activities to engage students in lessons.
Received College Board accreditation for AP Spanish Language and Culture Syllabus.
Initiated thought-provoking classroom discussions to help students develop their critical thinking abilities.
Established course website to make updated handouts and other resources available to students.
Established rubrics for technological projects that combine cultural and linguistic information.
Enhanced classroom objectives with the use of authentic music, videos, and materials.
Serve as a liaison between the administration and teachers for dissemination of information.
Share current professional information with teachers regarding pedagological practices and available professional development opportunities.
Request materials and complete the departmental budget.
Assist teachers with their needs and questions.
Present departmental information to parents and students.
Provided students with the opportunity to earn college credits in Spanish levels 4 and 5.
Taught summer courses Intermediate Spanish 1 and 2 on site. May 1998-August 1999.
Taught EDU 365 Secondary Education / World Language Curriculum.
Placed students in their field work experience in public schools.
Observed and assessed lessons taught by the college students.
Researched best practices and shared resources with students.
Taught at Shawnee Intermediate School and Easton High School
(levels 1-AP Spanish Literature)
Elementary World Language Experience- Served on the planning committee and trained high school students to teach in this Parkland School District program from September 2003- May 2013.
National Spanish Honor Society- Established a chapter at Parkland High School, El Capitulo Puente, in December of 2004. Served as the chapter adviser from December 2004- June 2011. Planned the annual induction ceremony, completed fundraisers, built homecoming floats, contributed to worthwhile causes, promoted language use and cultural awareness.
Professional Language Workshops- Organized a World Language Workshop for all area districts and the Parkland World Language Department with guest speaker John DeMado. August 2012 Planned and facilitated several departmental workshops on World Language pedagogy.
Course for Teachers of Advanced Placement Spanish- completed at LaSalle University 1998
Student Support Team Member- Assisted and referred students who needed help in areas that affected their performance in the classroom. September 2002-June 2009 Co-facilitated support groups for 3 years.
Advanced Placement Audit Process Assistant- Assisted teachers in the completion of the initial audit process. 2007
Spanish Club Adviser- Advised for two years
American Association of the Teachers of Spanish/Portuguese Member- Administer the National Spanish Exam annually through this organization
American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language Member
ACTFL National Conference Attendee Philadelphia November 2012
World Language Week- Established a school wide celebration of culture and language with a great variety activities for student participation 2013
Recognition from Cook Honors College of Indiana University of Pennsylvania for outstanding contributions to student success. October 2010
PA Association of Student Assistance Professionals Team of the Year Award May 2008
PSMLA Globe Award 2008-2009 department member. Recognizing high schools with outstanding, exemplary foreign language programs.
Teacher Chaperone for trip to Costa Rica- Parkland High School 2010
Shirt off Your Back Award- 2006, 2009
Group Leader for trip to Spain- Easton High School 1997
Provost's Scholar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1989 and 1990
IUP Woman's Advisory Council Leadership Award 1989
Awarded scholarship to attend the week long National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University and attended Capitol Building Reception.
Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honorary Society Inductee
Parkland Education Association Teacher's Scholarship 1987
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