I grew up in Locust Fork, Alabama and graduated from Locust Fork High School. I attended The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa after high school where Program. In Spring of 2011, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Spanish. I studied abroad in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica in 2010 concentrating in Latin American studies. I am currently attending Graduate School at UAB in Birmingham to get my Master's degree in ESL and Foreign Language Education.
I teach Spanish I, II and III and sponsor the Girl's Soccer Team and Spanish Club. This is my 3rd year at PVHS ~ Go Indians!
My class motto is A.C.T! Ask questions, be Curious, and Think positive! If you do these things, you can be successful in learning a foreign language. Learning a language takes practice and multiple opportunities to use the language on your own for a purpose. In my classroom, you will be speaking, reading, writing, and listening to authentic materials in Spanish from day one. You will interact with your classmates in Spanish to complete tasks and goals that have a real life purpose. It is my goal to equip you to use Spanish for a lifetime of enjoyment, whether it be for travel, work, communicating with new people, or studying abroad.
My classroom philosophy:
• Being “smart” is not required in this class. We will make you smart.
• Nobody laughs at babies. Nobody says they are dumb because they can’t talk. They just haven’t learned yet.
• Your brain is like a muscle—it changes and gets stronger the more you use it. Learning a language is a process. The more connections you make between Spanish and what you already know, the better your brain will be!
• You don’t have to speak perfectly in here. You don’t have to give long elaborate answers. You can just listen and give short answers if you feel like it as long as you are actively trying and participating.
• How good you are at something will always improve when you work on it.
• To be successful at acquiring a language you need to listen and read regularly. You need to listen to conversations and stories in the language and you need to read books in the language. This doesn't have to be boring! Choose books, articles, comics, or magazines that interest you. For example, try reading the Harry Potter books in Spanish!
• Success is 99% hard work. Talent and brains do not make winners. A slow starter that works hard will come out on top.
• Failure is not a sign of stupidity but a lack of experience and skill. You can get experience and develop skills here. I am here to help you be successful.
•Self-reflection and setting goals is a must! No one is a better judge of your own progress and effort than yourself! Use your learning styles to help you with this.
• You can do more than you think you can. Just because some students pick it up quickly does not mean that others cannot do it better eventually with focus and training.
• I am looking for students that want to learn—no confidence, experience, ability or previous success required.
• Even if you think you are not good at learning language, you can still plunge into it wholeheartedly and stick to it. Actually, you need to plunge into it because you are no good at it. You will get better!
• When you do not understand ask for help. Show that you do not get it. By doing that you are raising your intelligence.