As a result of the educational situation in 2020, I have decided to focus on adapting my existing in-person trainings to the online classroom, specifically through Zoom and other live video-conferencing platforms. In these professional development courses, I show online teachers how to use technology and online tools in order to facilitate language output and participation. And ultimately, how they can also adjust successful classroom and in-person teaching strategies for online use.
Having taught over 2000 students, and more than 10,000 hours online, you would think I know everything. But every week there is a new tool or application available as technology changes and progresses. My focus is to help new online teachers choose the best and easiest tools to incorporate into their classes.
I have teaching qualifications and experience, but my best ideas come from being a parent. When I think of what my husband and daughters need to know in English, the ideas just start flowing! My husband hates grammar and studying, and my girls don´t know what grammar is. So, in my materials you will find a lot of real-life situations and an emphasis on communication and output.
I have been teaching languages since 2010. This includes bilingual schools, corporations, language centers, and online. Since 2014, I have worked exclusively online as a teacher and course creator.
In addition, I specialize in training new, or transitioning, online teachers in the best practice and most engaging strategies and tools for their classes. Through in-person seminars, I have trained over 100 instructors in Central America and Mexico.
I currently hold a B.A. Degree in English Language Learner Studies and 2 M.A. Degrees. The first is in Educational Technology and the second is in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, I have a TEFL Teaching Certificate issued by the Secretary of Education in Mexico.
Harris School of Business, 2006
TEFL Diploma, 2010
B.A. Degree in ELL Studies, 2014
M.A. Degree in Educational Technology, 2016
M.A. Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, 2020
As a mother and a teacher, I enjoy raising my 2 daughters in a bilingual and bicultural environment. My experiences living abroad, throughout Mexico and Central America, and my family life, inspire the books, materials, and activities that I produce and list on TPT.
Some of my preferred teaching strategies include the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, the communicative learning theory, the multiple intelligence theory, and comprehensible input.
But most of all, I teach in a way that engages my students and helps them lower their effective filters so that they feel comfortable making mistakes (which are essential for learning and progress!).
In addition to being a bilingual parent and language teacher, I am also an expat who has lived abroad for over a decade. My experience raising bilingual children, combined with extensive travel throughout Latin America, both give me a unique perspective on Spanish and English language instruction and implementation. Currently, my family and I live in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.