Share 5 random facts about yourself, 4 things from your bucket list, 3 things you hope for this year as an educator, 2 things that made you laugh or cry as an educator, 1 think you wish more people knew about you.
5 Random Facts:
I am 1/2 Ecuadorian, 1/4 Chilean and 1/4 Croatian.
I lived on a ship for 2.5 years between 18-21 years old and traveled to 20 countries in South America and Europe.
As a 21 year old in Ecuador I interpreted for an ambassador from the United Nations and was supposed to interpret for León Febres Cordero, the then President of the Republic of Ecuador. At the last minute he changed his mind and handed the speech to the Ministers of Mining and Engineering. So, I translated for him instead.
My major in college was International Studies and I started my career working as a translator/interpreter for a multinational corporation. HATED it!
I came to the US as an International Student and attended Lincroft Community College in NJ and then USC in Columbia, S C.
The Bucket List Top 4
Visit Australia and the Mediterranean countries
Take my family to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
Visit the Southwest and West coast of the US
3 Things I want to accomplish this year
Fully transition towards SBL teaching and aim towards proficiency based assessments
Go to ACTFL and SCOLT
Present at my state conference
2 things that make me laugh or cry as an educator
Cry - when I see teachers who are stuck in a grammar based approach, teaching my former students
Laugh - when I see my kids' faces at some crazy of goofy thing I do
I wish that people knew about me that I want to make a difference in this world, starting with my family, my community, my students. I want people to know that nothing in my life has been wasted, both the positive experiences and the difficult times have made me who I am. I want to live my life with reckless abandonment creating and experimenting new things. I also feel this desire born out of gratitude to pay it forward because I stand on the shoulders of great parents, teachers, friends, mentors, husband and colleagues.