I am an elementary Spanish Teacher at Ashford School, in Ashford Connecticut. Ashford School is a Pre-K through 8th grade school, and I currently teacher Pre-K to 4th grade Spanish.
My path to teaching is a little unconventional. My undergraduate degree is in Human Ecology, from College of the Atlantic. While an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to travel to Uruguay for an internship, and backpack throughout South America. I became enamored with the cultures of Latin America, a passion that continues 20 years later. I decided to pursue graduate studies in Latin American Politics, and did extensive field research on democratization following civil war in El Salvador and Guatemala. I taught courses in Comparative Politics and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, and found that I deeply enjoyed teaching. This led me to pursue a certificate to teach K-12 Spanish.
My teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that culture should be at the core of what we teach. Culture hooks students with an engaging and meaningful context for language learning; language is the tool for learning about cultures. It is what excites students, engages them, and gives them a purpose to their learning. In this way, language learning helps students to develop the cultural competency necessary to become respectful of the diversity in our communities.