¡Hola! I was hired to begin a Spanish program here at OLG in 2013 in order to make it an easier transition for our graduates to learn a language in high school. My objectives are to make it fun, real, challenging and to teach essential study skills. The program includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar structure, geography, culture and prayer. I am thoroughly enjoying watching the growth, development and confidence of our students as they progress year to year.
I am an enthusiastic teaching professional with 18 years of hands-on teaching expertise ranging from Kindergarten students to college pre-service teachers in Toledo, Cleveland, Fairfield and Cincinnati. Northwest High School is my alma mater followed by Ohio Northern University, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sportsmedicine, Health and Physical Education and a minor in Spanish. From there I earned my Master’s Degree in Education at The University of Akron where I worked as an athletic trainer, and teaching graduate assistants. By continuing my studies in Spanish I earned my K-12 license to teach Spanish. I have always loved learning the language since I was introduced to it in sixth grade at Corpus Christ Grade School by Mrs. Kraus from the Philippines.
Corpus Christi is my home parish. I have been involved in the music ministry there since I was in Junior High. I married my college sweetheart, Ralph in 1986 and we have two wonderful children, Kevin, a college student and Alicia, a high school student at Fairfield. I feel blessed to be part of the Our Lady of Grace Community and thrilled to be working with some of my former colleagues (and students and parents of my students) from Assumption School before I took a leave to raise our children.
I have high expectations for my students and want them to love learning a foreign language as much as I do. Let’s have a great year!