Meet Our Language Acquisition Team
Email = First Initial + Last Name@wihi.org
Spanish and Hispanic Culture
Since becoming a teacher in 2005, I have had the opportunity to teach every level of Spanish from Spanish 1 to Spanish for native speakers. I came from teaching Native Speakers in Southwest Detroit to come be a part of the WIHI program because I believe so strongly in the IB mission of creating global citizens. I received my Bachelor's in education from the University of Michigan and hold a Master of Arts in the Spanish language from Eastern Michigan University. I also have had the opportunity to study abroad, spending one summer in Spain and one summer in Mexico as well as having participated in over a dozen trips to Spanish speaking countries, either for service trips or for pleasure. Teaching and service are the two things that absolutely make me come alive and I am so excited to share that passion with the students here at WIHI and to broaden their horizons both within the classroom and within the context of international service trips. I could not be more thrilled to be part of the WIHI community and hope to instill my passion for the Spanish language and culture into all of my students.
Spanish 7, Spanish I,II
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan. My past teaching experiences include teaching Spanish levels one through four in Manchester Community Schools. I completed my student teaching at Tappan Middle School in Ann Arbor. During my undergraduate career I taught Spanish to third graders twice a week at Pittsfield Elementary. I also spend my time teaching dance at a local dance studio in Saline. I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy, as well as, my Master of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. I enjoy working at WIMA/WIHI because of the incredible culture built within the school and community. I value their commitment to promoting social justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity. I believe in the power and importance of a balanced, globally-focused education, and am thankful for the opportunity to help foster a passion for learning and growth.
French and Francophone Culture
I received my undergraduate degree in French and Francophone Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I received my masters degree in Educational Studies from the same university. I have previously taught 6th grade Introduction to French, 7th grade French 1, and 8th grade French 2 at Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System. I also taught French 3 to a mix of Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students at Grosse Pointe North High School. Out of the classroom, I spend my time with friends and family. I enjoy rollerblading, cooking, and watching reruns of Golden Girls and Living Single. I believe that education is about taking risks and making mistakes that we can learn and grow from, especially in a language acquisition classroom. One of the best characteristics for language learning is being unafraid to make errors in the target language and being open-minded to different perspectives and approaches.