Instilling a passion to learn languages has been my primary focus since I began my teaching journey in 2005. I graduated with a B.A. in Spanish, M.Ed in Language Education and a Reading Specialist certification from The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
I have been actively involved within the Spanish learning and teaching communities, thanks to social media and a variety of professional development events dedicated to enriching the language learning experience. Dedicating much time to infusing creativity into my daily teaching with authentic resources and scenarios, I aim to involve every student within their own reflective learning process in the acquisition of another language. Students immerse themselves in the target language through classroom activities both in and outside of our school that provide rich, meaningful contexts for their learning. Incorporating technology, ingenuity and fostering a positive learning environment are just some aspects of my own pedagogy and philosophy in teaching. I look forward to sharing my own experiences and hope to gather feedback from readers or other bloggers who are like-minded.
Presentations & Resources Shared:
Digital Storytelling in the World Language Classroom & Beyond! NJEA Convention, Atlantic City, November 2012
Pinterest for Educators TeachMeetNJ, August 2013
The Power of Social Media FLENJ Spring Conference, March 2014 (*Selected as Best of NJ)
Transitioning to The “Pascack” Schedule Teacher Study Group, Montclair State University, June 2014
Reading Strategies for Authentic & Fictional Texts PVRHSD, July 2014
Pascack Valley Regional’s Virtual Day Google Educators, New York, New York October 2014
Get Connected! NJEA Convention, Atlantic City, November 2014
The Power of Pinterest! ACTFL Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 2014
Let’s MovieTalk! FLENJ Spring Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, February 2015
The Power of Pinterest! ISTE Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2015
Let’s MovieTalk! ACTFL National Conference, San Diego, California, Nov. 2015
The Power of Social Media: Using Twitter & Pinterest, NECTFL, New York, NY, Feb. 2016 (2014 Best of NJ Presentation) (Flyer)
Get #Techified! Using Google in the World Language Classroom, FLENJ, New Brunswick, NJ, Feb. 2016 (Flyer)
Supporting ELLs with Text-Based Comprehension and Communication Skills, Webinar. Feb. 2016
Designing Backwards: Standards Based Assessment Techniques, FLENJ, Monroe Township, NJ, March 2016 (Flyer)
Your Digital Library Awaits! WL Tech Institute, Montvale, NJ, August 2016
Giving Every Student a Voice! WL Tech Institute, Montvale, NJ, August 2016
#techifying your IPAs WL Tech Institute, Montvale, NJ, August 2016
Bringing Words to Life NECTFL & FLENJ, Feb. 2017/April 2017
Let’s MovieTalk 2.0 Ramsey & AATSP Feb/April 2017
Empowering All Writers NECTFL New York, NY 2018 & ACTFL New Orleans, LA 2018
Tech Garden: PearDeck FLENJ, Iselin, NJ April 2018
Top Five Tech Tools I LOVE! FLENJ Summer Refresher, August 2018
September 26, 2015, the first #edcampWL with this amazing team!
October 8, 2016, the second #edcampWL! Our team grows!
The THIRD #edcampWL organizer crew! October 2017
FLENJ Annual Conference 2016, Get #Techified
FLENJ 2016 Workshop, Designing Backwards: Standards-Based Assessment Techniques
WL Tech Institute, Summer 2016, Presenters from Interpersonal Communication Day
WL Tech Institute, Summer 2016, Collaboration Cafe