About Me

Who am I?

I'm a K-5 Spanish teacher in Lexington, Kentucky. I'm in my fifth year teaching Spanish in the US  but I taught English abroad as an assistant for 4 years before coming home to get my teaching credential. 

I love languages. I speak Spanish, French and Japanese. I'd love to learn Korean. 

My team consists of the Art, PE, Music and STEM teacher. I finally got my dream schedule this year and am OUT of the Specials rotation. I see my students, all 500+ of them every other day. 2nd - 5th grade for 25 minutes and K-1 for 20 minutes . My colleagues are amazing and we collaborate throughout the year quite a bit (which means I can stay 90% TL because they teach some of my content in English for me.)

The first two years I taught with Sra. Speedy - my trusty cart. Two  years ago, I finally got a room of my own


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  1. Hi señora speedy! I teach 2k-5k! Can I ask what curriculum you use for 5k? And can I have access to buying/getting it? I currently have a very general preschool one, but as they move through each year it's the same and I've changed that but need something more structured! Thank you!

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    1. ¡Hola! I use Calico Spanish. I like it because it is based on ACTFL standards and it does a great job of spiraling - each chapter focuses on one animal, one color, and one structure. It is a little lean in my opinion so I try to find a text for each chapter that ties it all together. Their videos are free so if you're not sure if your students will respond I highly suggest trying it out before committing. I used their free materials for a year and then convinced my principal it was worth the money to buy the full curriculum. If you have any other questions just let me know!

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    2. Hi! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Calico Spanish. I was looking at their website and noticed they have two separate programs. Are you using the story video based one (it's newer) or the song based program (it's older)?

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    3. I use the older one that is song based. The newer one is more TPRS oriented I think (but that's me guessing since I don't have it.)

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    4. Hey Jen - feel free to refer any questions like this to me if it's helpful. I wrote (am writing) the newer program. :)
      You're right that the biggest distinction is the story-based curriculum; not sure I'd call it story-based since establishing meaning in the videos is based on context and not translation, though the translations are in the text. Also, the other big distinction is the new Stories for Schools program is designed to support teachers with little to no proficiency in Spanish (e.g. schools want classroom teachers to incorporate Spanish but won't pay for a Spanish-speaking teacher). Of course, Spanish-speaking teachers can add their creativity too. Hope this helps!
      - Sara-Elizabeth

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  2. Hola my name is Srita La Torre and this is my first year as a teacher, I teach Spanish k-8 and I only see k-4 once a week. I find it hard to teach this way in addition to not having a curriculum and starting fresh since the school hasn't have a teacher since 2013. I would like to connect with you and if I can get your email. I have come across your blog recently and I have found it really helpful. Gracias!

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    1. Hi - my email is SraKennedySouth@gmail.com. I'm happy to help where I can. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate!

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