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¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español !

Español con la Señora Kirby


¡Hola, bienvenidos!

Welcome to our classroom site. A little about myself, experience and perspective on teaching:

 I am a Spanish teacher, travel enthusiast and continual student. I began studying Spanish as a high school student but it wasn't until I went on a school-trip to Europe that I  knew I wanted to speak another language and immerse myself in another culture.  

In college I spent a year abroad in Seville, Spain. I finished my undergraduate degree with a BA in Spanish and International Relations. I started working in Boston for a company where I negotiated contracts for suppliers in Latin America.  This experience gave me the opportunity to travel and see many new areas in the world.  I always knew that I wanted to teach and after five years of the business world, I transitioned to teaching.  My students inspired me and their questions prompted a brief hiatus from teaching to travel and experience the Spanish speaking cultures we had been discussing.  After two years of living, working and traveling in Central America, I returned to the classroom, certain that it was my calling and ready to share my experiences in the classroom.

I earned my Masters in Teaching Spanish as a second language from Bennington College.  The experience put me back in the students' chair and helped me to reorganize how and why I teach. I believe that learning a new language requires an understanding of the cultures that are represented.  Learning a language is social and providing students with opportunities to use language in meaningful ways is always my goal.

In my classroom students can expect to practice the language on a daily basis.  While we cover grammar and vocabulary we always do so through a larger essential question and approach understanding through cultural artifacts such as art, stories, poems, video and many other texts.

If you need assistance accessing information on our site, please contact the District Office at 413-458-9582 ext. 4000

1781 Cold Spring Road Williamstown, MA 01267 T: 413.458.9582

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