About Ruiz...
Position: Spanish 1 & AP Spanish Teacher / Head Girls Basketball Coach
Room: D205
Phone: (480) 464-8000
Email: Ruiz

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Welcome!

Congratulations on beginning and/or continuing your Spanish studies at ACP High School. I am ecstatic that we will be working together this semester. In order to reach our common goal of building a strong Spanish foundation, you will need to work and practice, practice, and practice. My classroom is a judgment-free zone and will serve as our safe place to share stories in Spanish as well as a place to further develop our Spanish skills so that you are ready to move forward with Spanish.

My Education and Professional Background

While at ASU, I received a B.A. in Spanish Lit. At GCU I completed an M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Throughout my college career, I spent time studying in Mérida, Mexico, visiting many Mayan sites. Climbing the Mayan pyramids proved good practice for my next hiking endeavor, trekking for 4-days to complete the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu — an adventure I undertook while spending a semester studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After exploring much of Latin America, I have spent time volunteering in S. Korea as an English teacher. My breaks from teaching were spent at a Buddhist temple and getting to know the Korean culture. My love for travel has taken me to 22 different countries and countless adventures. I spent 7 summers leading student groups abroad on volunteer trips across the world. I have also worked for National Geographic as a photography instructor, taking a group of students to Costa Rica where they learned Spanish. Lmk if you have any questions.

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher, I challenge students to understand their own positionality so that they approach their future learning with a modicum of objectivity, respect, and global consciousness. Through my language courses, I help students develop a deeper understanding of people’s histories and cultures. I foster a learning environment where students learn essential language-acquisition methods, while also getting them to examine, make sense of, and draw from an array of experiences as they progress. My job is to hone my students’ critical thinking and communicational skills, as well as to reinforce their confidence in using the target language. I utilize a broad range of engaging media to keep students interested, yet as a foreign language teacher, I highlight the importance of oral and written communication. I use active learning as a foundation in order to mix lecture with discussion, mentor group projects, and incorporate assignments that have profound impacts on marginalized students.
 

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Last Modified on July 18, 2021