Middle School and High School Spanish, Speech, and Drama
Being on staff at Living Science allows me to pass on a love of learning and passion to my students. For me, it is easy to get passionate about Spanish since I have had the fun of visiting Spain, Peru, and Honduras. Being able to communicate while traveling is a huge motivator! We have the added benefit of a large Hispanic community that gives plenty of opportunity to speak in Spanish right where we live. Students are given CDs with songs, dialogues, and readings so they hear the language apart from class. It is wonderful when students tell me stories of how they have used the language!
In the realm of Speech and Drama, it is a great experience to take kids ages 12 – 17, many of whom have never met each other, and forge them into a team. Our class becomes a team that helps each person improve in their speaking and acting skills. Over the course of the year, even students that seemed practically mortified to speak aloud in a group become more confident. Day to day life provides constant reminders of the need for public speaking skills: church services, college recruitment events, and sports banquets, to name a few. I love seeing my students stand tall, make eye contact, and articulate their opinions with passion!