Bachelors of Business Administration with Spanish Minor through UW-Eau Claire.
Master of Science in Education with Business Education through UW-Whitewater.
Spanish Education licensure through UW-Whitewater.
Students: Please talk with me or send an email to schedule a time and get a pass to room 216. I am available before and after school (except during Fall Cross Country Season), during most Flex periods, 4th hour and most lunch breaks which is the same time as 8th grade lunch. My phone extension is x.2165. Email is the best way to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org or check Schoology for updates on homework and announcements.
2017-2018 is my 19th year of teaching and my 13th year with Menomonee Falls. I have the privilege to teach 7th and 8th grade students Spanish.
Current: Our department continues to develop and use proficiency based teaching methods. Our goal is for students to practice in a way to increase fluency in speaking, reading, writing and listening abilities. Our department has presented our work at World Language conferences in Appleton, Madison and Ohio in 2014, 2015, and again in 2017: "Best of Wisconsin: The Winding Road to Proficiency."
August of 2015, the language department was trained in assessing speaking proficiency. We practiced interviewing people in which English was not the native language. This training was based on ACTFL standards and gave us insight on how to assess fluency levels with our students.
June of 2014, I completed a Professional Development Certificate recognized by the SDMF which is based on the ten Wisconsin Educator Standards. I will continue to use the CCI Model (Continuous Classroom Improvement) with my Spanish, German and Mandarin students.
Also, 2017 is my 7th season coaching cross country at North.
Recent: Summer of 2013, Mrs. Hasenauer and I attended the district sponsored curriculum institute and created/updated benchmarks/goals for our 7th grade Spanish students. I also learned more about using Google Apps and the Google Calendar at the Google Apps Academy. Plus, I received training to become a mentor to new teachers to our district.
Summer of 2012, Mrs. Hasenauer and I concluded a 10-month Action Research Project based on vocabulary acquisition and language learning methods.
Summer of 2011, I took two courses to learn more about RTI (learning interventions) and middle school teaching methods.
Past: Prior to graduate school to become a teacher, I worked in Human Resources and Banking. Following graduate school, I taught business, marketing, and keyboarding classes for several years. Then, I added my Spanish licensure through UW-Whitewater and now teach Spanish. I am licensed K-12 depending on the subject.
I studied in Grantham, England for a semester and in Cuernavaca, Mexico for a summer while at UW-Eau Claire. I also attended summer graduate classes in Madrid, Spain after I completed my licensure.
I also traveled to Puerto Rico over the Christmas break in 2014 with my oldest daughter. It was fun to learn about the country and culture and to share my experiences with my students. I plan to go again Spring 2017 with my 3 children.
Future: In a few years, my goal is to attend more Spanish classes through an immersion school in Costa Rica, it's similar to the college program I attended in Madrid. I love to experience the culture and cuisine while creating experiences and memories to bring back to share with my students.