It was just after 9/11 and I was working for United Airlines. I needed a change.
I had my bachelor’s degree and I knew I wanted to teach, but I didn’t have any experience nor any teaching classes. I saw a listing for a part-time position at Arcadia High School in Arcadia, CA. I got the job. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I got the job.
The first day was scary. The kids had already been in school a month and they had only a substitute teacher that whole time, a substitute who didn’t know any Spanish. The kids were anxious to learn and I, to teach.
Having no education classes to rely upon, I taught them how I was taught, using a textbook. It didn’t take long for both my students and me to get bored. I didn’t know what to do. I searched all over for something to improve my classes. I read book upon book upon book. I went to some teaching workshops. But nothing was much help. Something had to change. That’s when I stumbled upon TPRS® and Blaine Ray. That’s the moment I truly became a teacher.
It was the beginning of second semester and my kids noticed a change. We were having fun in class, we were laughing, we were talking in Spanish, and, most importantly, they were learning!
My principal had come to observe me and he couldn’t believe his eyes. My classroom was totally different. The kids were engaged and enjoying it.
I finally was teaching Spanish and there was no looking back!
That’s how my story begins. That’s how I discovered the best job in the world. That’s how I discovered the best way to teach a foreign language.
I have been teaching using TPRS® ever since. I taught at Arcadia HS for four years and then moved to Las Vegas to teach with the great Carmen Andrews at Silverado HS. In 2009, both of us decided to open up a brand new, career and tech academy called Veterans Tribute. In 2012, I left Las Vegas and moved to Northern California and am currently teaching at W.T. Eich Middle School in Roseville, CA.