This is my 18th year of teaching Spanish at Loogootee High School. Previously, I taught at Pike Central and Princeton High Schools. I began studying Spanish at Shoals High School and then later at Indiana University. IU gave me an awesome opportunity to study in Mexico City through the Overseas Studies Program. Living with a host family and studying at the Universidad Latinoamérica, I witnessed firsthand the numerous benefits of educational travel and immersion experiences.
Over the last 24 years, I have taken 124 students abroad to Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Puerto Rico, France, and England. I co-founded the Global Teacher Exchange Program that included organizing and leading 2 overseas exchange experiences to Sweden for my colleagues and administrators. Bringing exchange students back to our school and community has been one of the highlights of my personal and professional endeavors. During the 2015-2016 school year, I had the honor of hosting an exchange student from Sweden.
Although an immersion experience is the best way to learn a language and the culture, it is not always feasible. I do what I can give my students opportunities to learn the Spanish language and culture by incorporating authentic resources and audiences, sharing personal experiences as well as creating global partnerships through technology integration. I try to bridge the rural and global gap in order to prepare students to live and work in a global society. As a teacher, I work with some of the finest students and colleagues around. I enjoy paying forward my passion for language learning and cultural understanding by bringing our school to the world and the world to our school.
Here´s a glimpse of some of my awesome students in Spanish 1-4 who are very much like a family to me. We live, learn, and lead together. We are all in this ¨Together.¨