I have had some training in Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) and Comprehensible Input (CI) methods of teaching a foreign language. These methods focus on acquiring the language and using it in your daily life, instead of old ways of memorizing vocabulary and not applying the knowledge. It is important to me that my students use the language and practice. It needs to be relevant to their daily lives or it is useless.
I have had a passion for the Spanish language and culture since the late 1980s. I lived in Chile for 18 months in the late 90s, which only helped improve my own skills and inspired me to teach others the language. I am certified to teach Spanish EC-12 in Texas and have taught in middle school and high school for 4 years. I received my BA in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
Georgetown Independent School District August 2018 – Present
I currently teach Spanish 1 & 2 to native English speakers in high school. I have training in TPR, as well as Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling/Comprehensible Input, and use these techniques as well as other activities to help students acquire Spanish to be able to use it in their daily lives.
Austin Independent School District August 2016 – June 2018
I taught Spanish for Spanish Speakers, levels 1 & 2. We have done various project-based learning activities, studied cultural current events & famous Spanish-speaking people. Students have improved reading and writing skills in Spanish, and have developed their academic vocabulary. I have used techniques learned in past training and have tweaked learning for Heritage Speakers. I also teach 2 sections of 7th grade English Language Arts.
Killeen Independent School District January – June 2015
Spanish 2 Teacher on the basis of the Exprésate books. Teaching 6 sections of Spanish 2. Although the course is loosely based on the Exprésate textbook, I often make worksheets, quizzes, tests, projects, games and other classroom activities to enhance learning.
Texas Certified Teacher – Spanish EC-12 – Certificate # 1825183 December 2014
Passed the LOTE Spanish EC-12 and PPR EC-12 Texas Certification tests in March and April 2014, respectively. In the fall of 2016, I also added the English Language Arts 4-8th grade certification.
AP Summer Institute – Spanish Language and Culture June 2014
Attended the AP Summer Institute, which was presented by College Board and was 30 hours of instruction on teaching the Spanish IV AP Language and Culture course in secondary schools.
The University of Texas at Austin August 2012 – May 2014
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Teaching.
Completed the UTeach-Liberal Arts program in December 2014, which consisted of observations and teaching lessons following the “Five E” lesson plan style (Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation), and also included changing activities every 10 minutes of class time.
❖ Fall 2012 – Wooldridge Elementary in Austin ISD in a 5th Grade ESL Science class. Designed and taught 3 lessons based on the AISD Curriculum for 5th Grade Science. Observed the regular teacher for 7 hours throughout the semester.
❖ Spring 2012 – Gorzycki Middle School in Austin ISD in a Spanish 1A class. Designed and directed 6 lessons, and observed the teacher for 14 hours during the semester.
❖ Spring 2014 – Vista Ridge High School in Leander ISD in a Spanish III Pre-AP class. Designed and implemented 9 block-hour (90-minute) lessons, and observed the regular teacher for 36 hours throughout the semester.
❖ Fall 2014 – Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville ISD in a Spanish 1 class. Student teaching semester consisted of a 12-week program, over half of which was “total teach/control” of four sections of Spanish 1. During student teaching I designed and executed an entire unit plan, which was 9 block day lessons, including a new type of review game, a quiz and photo book project before the unit test.
❖ Fluent in Spanish reading, writing and speaking. Took classes in Spanish since 7th grade in New York. Lived in Viña del Mar, Chile for 16 months as an adult.
Perfect! Michelle's use of the TPRS strategy really helped my daughter feel at ease and engaged. She is excited about the resources Michelle sent and is looking forward to her next session.
Tammy's daughter did an amazing job with the lesson. She is a very motivated young woman with great potential in Spanish!!
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