I graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language and Literature in Spanish and a minor in music. In 2003, I earned my secondary education teaching certificate with endorsements for high school and middle school Spanish and middle school music.
For two years in college, I taught 3-5th grade extracurricular exploratory Spanish in a local district. We met for 30 minutes before school, two to three times a week.
After student teaching and earning my certificate, I spent about 10 weeks as a general substitute teacher for several local districts. For the remainder of that spring, I worked as a long term Spanish substitute in a high poverty urban school teaching all high school levels.
My first full time teaching assignment began in the fall of 2003. I moved out to a rural farming community and taught all levels at their high school. I think learned more than I taught in those two years. One big personal lesson: "I'll keep Manhattan, don't give me that countryside." ;)
Longing for closeness with family, friends, and 24hour stores, I moved back in 2005. I started working in my current district that fall.
I have taught Jr. and Sr. high school Spanish, co-sponsored the Spanish Club, traveled abroad with students, helped choreograph musicals, played in the pit band, danced the night away at proms and New Friends proms, and taken tens of thousands of photos of our students doing what they love.
I am a member of ACTFL, REA, and NEA
I provide a small number of additional resources on TPT