|Subject / Grade||Spanish 1 and AP Spanish 4/5|
|"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."|
|-- Jane Goodall|
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Welcome to Spanish with Señora Berger! I’m very excited to be your teacher and I can’t wait for us to have an exciting year. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but it will also be very rewarding. Thanks for stopping by!
My Education and Professional Background
I received my degree in Spanish and K-12 Education from Iowa State University. While I was doing my undergraduate studies, I did an exchange program to Cuernavaca, Mexico where I lived with a host family and attended a Mexican University. Sick of the cold winters, I studied at Arizona State University where I received my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in ESL. I then received my Masters of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in administration with a principal certificate. Lastly, I have a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I am certified in Spanish and English. I have an ESL (English as a Second Language), and Library-Media Specialist endorsement.
My Educational Philosophy
It is my goal to foster an intrinsic desire for learning in students. I feel that students need to see how the class will relate to them now and in the future in order to be vested in the content. I also think that learning a language, for some students, is a new experience with a different mindset and approach to studying from any other class. This can be an intimidating and daunting task to figure out how to study for a class that they may not have ever experienced. To ease the anxiety of the of the unknown, I encourage a warm, safe environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and experimenting with the language. If they are at ease while learning, I truly feel that they will be more apt to attempt communication in the target language—which is my ultimate goal for the students. I love Spanish and it is my dream that I can pass this passion and enjoyment of the language onto all of my students.
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