I could not be any happier to join the SpanglishBaby community. Actually I am ecstatic to share my new journey with all of you. My name is Kelly Serrano. I was born and raised in Ecuador, South America and moved to the United States when I was 18 years old. I am also a classroom teacher. While I have taught in the general education classroom setting for seven years including 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, this year I made a big move as I will be teaching 4th grade at a Dual Language Immersion School.
Teaching has taken me many places and with it I have explored unknown territories. This time the ‘territory’ will be the Dual Language Classroom. As soon as I knew that I would be in a bilingual classroom, I started to gather information and materials to better prepare for the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, I did not find many reliable resources. They were either written in Spanish with an awful translation or were too high of a reading level. The solution? If I wanted high quality materials, I had to create them.
That is how my blog got started. I wanted to reach, talk, and share with other teachers involved in the dual language setting. I was sure I was not the only one out there trying to better reach students and their families. My weekly contributions to La Maestra’s Corner will offer readers an insider look at the bilingual classroom. I will cover topics ranging from educational strategies with proven success in the dual language classroom, what teachers do to make bilingual content come to life, what it is really like to be a student in a two-way immersion classroom, to answering parents’ questions/concerns about this schooling method.
As a lifelong learner, I always welcome your suggestions/questions/comments/concerns. Again, I am excited and honored to be part of this amazing community.