Spanish, Anthropology, African Studies Certificate
I am a third grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison. I teach in a Dual Language Immersion classroom where half of the students are native Spanish speakers and half are native English speakers. In my classroom we use Spanish in the mornings and English in the afternoons.
I always knew I wanted to study Spanish because I saw Spanish-speaking students in my high school who struggled because there were very few staff members who could communicate with them. I wanted to be able to talk to my friends and neighbors. When I started at UW-Madison I was part of a First-year Interest Group (FIG) on African language and culture, and part of that was a Yoruba language class. Finally, I studied Quechua while studying abroad in Lima, Peru.
I use my language every day at work! My knowledge of Spanish allows me to develop closer relationships with students and families.
Going to my Yoruba professor’s house with our whole class for an authentic homemade Nigerian dinner.
wakcha ("poor" in Quechua). It can also mean "orphan," and as someone who values my family, I know that I would be truly poor without them.