I have been a public high school teacher in the state of Michigan since August 2004. I have taught high school Spanish 1-3, French 1-4, and Humanities 1-2. I am also AP Spanish Language and Culture-certified and attend our annual AP Summer Institute hosted by my school district. I have primarily taught Spanish and have recently been exploring using technology in the classroom. Throughout my ten years of teaching French and Spanish, I have used a variety of methods including: TPR (Total Physical Response), TPRS (Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling), Melinda Forward’s Curriculum, and most recently the textbook series Realidades.
I plan to continue teaching and integrating technology into my Spanish classes over the coming years. My other future goals include developing and aligning our current curriculum to be based around authentic materials and serve as a solid foundation for pre-AP work. I also intend to pursue the use of formative assessment and project-based learning; both of these tools can have powerful impacts on students.
I would also love to present and collaborate with other teachers who are passionate about technology in education and/or world language education.