Philosophy of Education

“The mission of Saint Patrick Catholic School is to nurture in its students an abiding Catholic faith while pursuing academic excellence and modeling honesty, respect, and service as dynamic members of our world community.” Acquiring Spanish language skills prepares our kids to go out into communities, here and abroad. As Catholics I believe we are called to serve others. I enjoy using a variety of methods I have learned over the years in order to help all students become proficient in Spanish and to learn about the customs and cultures of the Spanish speaking world. The study of languages has dramatically changed since many of us were in school because of technology. More than ever I enthusiastically embrace the challenge of teaching Spanish in our global society.

Educational Background

BA Spanish Language and Literature, Wayne State University 1993
Post-Bachelor Teacher Certification Program, Wayne State University, 1994
TESOL Certificate, Seattle Pacific University, 2000

Teaching Experience

I started my teaching career at Yuba City High School in 1995. I taught there for 4 years and was a member of a large foreign language department. I learned so much from my fellow teachers. After moving to Tacoma with my husband, I worked as a substitute teacher, taught adult ESL classes, and taught Spanish at a neighboring private schools for several years. I have been at Saint Pats since 2008. This is like a second home to me.

Notes

My older son recently graduated from Saint Pats School and is now headed off to Bellarmine Prep. My daughter and younger son will be in the 6th and 4th grades this year. The teachers. administrators, and school community here have wholeheartedly educated and nurtured my children. My husband and I will be forever grateful. What a blessing it is to be here and to give back to the community that has given us so much! I look forward to the coming years with my children, and all of the children here at Saint Pats!

I love this quote: ❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞ ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

Hearing news of my students traveling to Spanish speaking countries for pleasure, or education, or to do service gives me great joy and satisfaction. I especially like hearing about how much knowing Spanish has helped my former students in their academic and professional life.