Monday recess: Appointments available, but not required
Tuesday lunch: drop-in
Friday recess: Appointments available, but not required
¡Bienvenidos al sítio de la clase de español! Estoy muy feliz estar aquí en Woodside por mi tercer año cómo maestro de español.
Mi historia: I had the good fortune of growing up with a mother who was a veteran Spanish teacher. Not only could we speak Spanish at home, but I talked with "momyora" in my AP Spanish Language class every day of my senior year!
I was a double Spanish and Political Science major at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., spending a semester in Bilbao, Spain my sophomore year. After college, I held two other careers (a Director of Youth Programming in MN, and later an insurance Risk Researcher in Washington, D.C.) before becoming a teacher and earning my Master's in Education from Stanford.
Prior to Woodside, I taught Spanish for Native Speakers at Burton High School in San Francisco and at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City. When I'm not at WES, I'm at the gym, with my family and friends, or traveling. This year's overseas adventure was to the southern African countries of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Also, I'm a huge fan of Spanish postcards. If you're traveling, feel free to send one to the school and I'll put it up in class!
Mi filosofía: The best way to learn a language is to be immersed in it, so room 26 is, for the most part, an English-free space. Students are encouraged to take academic and personal risks, pushing themselves to listen, speak read, and write in Spanish on a daily basis. Though taking academic and personal risks can be intimidating, those who give themselves permission to make and learn from mistakes will experience tremendous growth as hispanohablantes.
Learning a second language also requires significant self-direction, so students will be supported in developing strong executive functioning skills. From adhering to a variety of schedules to evaluating the effectiveness memorization strategies, students will build their executive functioning alongside their Spanish.