Technology & Spanish
1.What do you teach at St. Mary’s Academy?
“I teach Spanish and Computer!”
2. What do you love about St. Mary’s Academy?
“I love the schools environment. Everyone is extremely nice and helpful. Everyone works together so well and it allows us to provide our students the absolute best education. I love that the class sizes are small. This creates beautiful relationships between students in their classroom and other grade levels. All the students are great friends and show great respect to one another. I love that I get to actually know my students! I know their likes and dislikes. I can instantly tell if they’re on their A game or having a down day.”
3. Why do you like teaching at St. Mary’s Academy?
“Me encanta enseñar Español! I love teaching Spanish! Nothing feels more rewarding than to hear my students speak my first language. Seeing them enjoy speaking the language and wanting to know more and more just makes me so happy. I also love teaching here because I have felt extremely welcomed since the first day! Co-workers are nice and respectful towards one another and unfortunately I haven’t seen that very often in my past jobs. Despite being a smaller school, we have so much to offer to the students that I’m envious of the education the students are getting here. Another reason why I love teaching at SMA is because the parents have also made it a very welcoming environment. Overall everyone is just very nice here and I’m very blessed to be here.”
4. What motivated you to become a teacher at St. Mary’s Academy?
“I was very nervous when I first came because I had never had my own classroom and my own students. I think the challenge of something new excited me and the opportunity to work here was just very appreciated. After a month of being at the school, I instantly knew that this is where I wanted to be and didn’t want to be any where else.”
5. What is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
“Being a former competitive swimmer, that drive to want to excel really comes out.I hold my students to the highest standard and expect a lot from them. Being a swim coach, I’m used to really testing my swimmers on how much pain they can handle. In school, it’s the same thing but I want to see how much their brain can handle! I love to incorporate songs and games into my classroom! I feel that these are the best ways to really show off and enhance the students learning. It helps them to review before tests to get into game mode and try their best in helping their team win the game. With every game and every topic, we always make it fun! I love to see my students leave with a smile and laugh at little quirkey things I’ll do. To them it’s funny, but to me, it’s something that they’ll remember and will have learned a new word in Spanish because of it, or they’ll remember how to do something on the computer. If there’s a chance to make a game, a song, or make them laugh at something silly to get them to remember something…I’m all for it!”
6. What sets St. Mary’s Academy students apart from students in other schools?
” They’re smart, respectful, and they all get along! That was one thing that really stood out to be at first. All grade levels know each other and they all get along with one another. There isn’t one student who feels left out or goes unseen. Their classmates and other fellow students always want to include everyone and it is very beautiful to see.”
7.What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
“I want them to see that there are so many things that they can do when they grow up. They can see the uniqueness of every teacher and notice that not everyone is the same. They can aspire to be whatever they want as long as they work hard. I want them to know that as long as an effort is being made, that failure is impossible to achieve. With just a little hard work, they can really go places and I hope that they can see that quality in me.”
8. Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself? Perhaps a fun fact?
“I am a person that is fearless to try new experiences. I’ve climbed the pyramids in Egypt, jumped off of cliffs in Mexico, withstood the bitter coldness of the glaciers in Alaska, I’ve been an active participant in the Bleacher Creature section at Yankee Stadium, I’ve mowed lawns on a tractor in the summer, and I’ve kayaked with dolphins in Belize. If there is a possibility to do something fun, I’m always up for the adventure! I don’t limit myself on what I can learn. Knowledge is power and that has helped me to go beyond what I thought I could ever do. The only person that can limit yourself is you, so always push yourself to learn more because you will go places beyond what you have ever imagined!”