I studied International Studies and Spanish at the University of Illinois, and spent a year abroad studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While there I met the man who is now my husband...and after returning to graduate went back to live in Buenos Aires for a few more years.
When moving back to the United States I was at a loss of what to do. Luckily (for me at least) the demand for bilingual teachers is greater than the supply. Consequently, even though I didn't study to be a teacher I was able to get a job as a bilingual teacher - crazy, I know! I quickly realized that I had stumbled into the perfect profession for me! I love teaching and I feel particularly blessed to work with the Hispanic community. My students are great and so are their families!
I've worked as a bilingual resource teacher and as a bilingual second grade teacher. This year I will be working as a classroom teacher but with bilingual 1st and 2nd graders…a.k.a. bilingual multi-age. I'm a bit nervous about teaching in a multiage classroom - I have a lot of learning to do this year!
We have two amazing cats, Max and Ellie…who shed too much, but we love them anyway! We adopted them from a shelter – and unfortunately Max had suffered from a bad eye infection since he was tiny and they had to remove the eye – but don’t worry he has NO idea and thinks he’s hot stuff!
My husband is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree – I’m very proud of him because his entire degree will be completed in his second language. He’s amazing – living here in the U.S. with me even though all of his family is in Argentina.
Besides my husband, cats and teaching my other passion is reading! I have a Kindle, and can’t get enough books! If you want to see some of my favorites head on over to my Goodreads profile and check out what I’m reading…
My goal is for my blog to be a place to share ideas and tips for teachers - especially teachers who work with ELLs. Here you should be able to find ideas and resources to help you in the classroom. I hope to build up my Teachers Pay Teachers store to help pay for my husband’s studies – so please don’t hesitate to tell me what resources are lacking for bilingual teachers – I’ll do my best to meet the need!
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