Teacher Profile- Spanish 2019-2020

¡Hola!  Bienvenidos, welcome to a new school year.  I am very excited to be back for my sixth year of teaching at CKS!!  I look forward to bringing the joy of learning about various Spanish cultures and a new language to our children each time that we come together.

In case you are new to our CKS family, or would like a refresher, here is a bit about me and my history as a Spanish learner.   I was born and raised in Northern California. I grew up hearing Spanish spoken by friends at school, my dad’s coworkers, and by my parents who also enjoyed speaking some Spanish.   With this around me, I felt inspired to learn to speak and write in Spanish. As I took classes throughout my middle school and high school years, my passion for the language and culture continued to grow.  Thus, in addition to the classes I continued taking while attending college at UC Santa Cruz, I was delighted to have the opportunity to study abroad at La Universidad de Córdoba in Spain. This was a huge turning point for me as a language learner.  The immersion was very intense, but after almost five months in Spain, I felt very comfortable speaking, writing, and living in a Spanish culture.

During my graduate work, at San Jose State University, where I completed my teaching credentials and a Masters in Science and Literacy, I had the itch to return to a Spanish speaking country.  This time I chose Costa Rica, as I wanted to be by the ocean and enjoy what sounded like such a beautiful, natural place. And that it was! I lived with a family and attended Spanish classes each day at a local school called Intercultura.  It was incredible. The Spanish in Costa Rica is much different than the Spanish I had become so close to in Spain. It was a very pleasant difference, as the people spoke slowly and overall had such a calm way about them.

I have visited Costa Rica twice since that first visit and I hope to return often.  Five summers ago I had the fortunate experience of going back to Spain, where I attended the Festival of San Fermin, mostly recognized for the Running of the Bulls, in Pamplona, Spain.  It was such an adventure! Four summers ago, I had the wonderful opportunity of going to Guatemala. I lived with the kindest family and attended Celas Maya, a language immersion school in the city of Xela.  I absolutely loved Guatemala, the countryside, the people, and I hope to go back. Since Guatemala, I have continued to connect with my adopted family there. We hope to take our three children to Nicaragua or some other Spanish speaking country in the next couple of years.  I miss the excitement of traveling and being immersed in a completely different culture. From all of these experiences, I enjoy sharing stories with our students and how unique each Spanish speaking country is from the next.

I moved to Nashville thirteen years ago.  I live with my wonderful husband, Cameron, and my three incredible children, Anthony, Rocco, and Sember.  Both boys are students here at CKS. We have a sweet kitty named Honey Boots who loves climbing our tall trees!  We had so much fun this summer traveling to beautiful California and North Carolina. We enjoyed driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and swimming in the warm waters of Wrightsville Beach.  In my spare (and rare) time, I love practicing Iyengar yoga, cooking, practicing guitar, and finding creative and healthy restaurants to enjoy. But most of all, I love being with my family!

I began teaching 16 years ago.  I am known for being very kind, but firm.  I love to connect with children and nurture their curiosity.  I look forward to continuing to work with such a large range of ages. This was a wonderful and challenging experience over the past five years and I can’t wait to start again!  I am very happy to talk with parents or family members during my planning time if I am available, or after school. Please just send me an email or call me anytime. ~Señora Gordon    

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