GET TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE TEACHERS
GET TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE TEACHERS
By: Sara Diwan
How long does it take to learn a language? The Pin Oak record to learn the basics is only 6 weeks. Pin Oak’s greatest assets are its team of dedicated and passionate language teachers. Let’s jump into the world of the language teachers!
Bonjour! Ms. Hewett teaches both French and journalism. She wanted to become a teacher because she likes sharing her passion and she thinks kids are cool. She has been teaching French for 7 years because she really likes the language. She took it in high school, followed by a degree in college and studied abroad in France as well. She says that French is beneficial for kids because it is on of the most spoken languages in the world and 42 countries speak it so it could give job and travel opportunities. Her favorite part of teaching this language is seeing kids use it and she thinks kids will like French as it is a beautiful language and the language of love. 7th grader, Natalie Torgerson said, “I chose French because I love the language and Ms. Hewett is really nice.” If you ever want to show appreciation of her hard work, she really likes CANDY.
Nĭ hăo! Ms. Condron teaches both Chinese and tech apps. She wanted to become a teacher because she thinks it is fun and rewarding, and enjoys kids. She got her Masters in Education and has been teaching Chinese for 7 years. Chinese is her first language; she was born in Taiwan. She says Chinese is beneficial for kids because it is the most spoken language in the world, and since China is rising in the economy, it will be helpful later on in life. Her favorite part of teaching this language is seeing kids open up when using this language and she thinks kids will like taking Chinese because she has many activities planned and makes learning fun. She also loves to travel because she likes experiencing different cultures. 7th grader, Jasmine Sesay said, “I chose Chinese because I want to travel to China and may live there. I want to communicate in Chinese, the characters in the language are beautiful, and I like the teacher.”
Guten Tag! Mr. Jones is the German teacher. He has also taught Spanish, math, and bilingual education before. He wanted to become a teacher because he likes being around young people. He has been teaching German for about 10 years. He took it in high school because he wanted to take another language, since he already knew Spanish, and didn’t want to take the other languages. He then went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, got his degree in German and Spanish, and studied abroad in Germany for 2 years. He really likes Germany and the German language, people, and culture. He thinks German is beneficial for kids because learning any language would make you more open minded. His favorite thing about teaching this language is watching his students start to speak the language. He thinks kids will like German because they may like being able to speak a language everyone else may not be able to speak. 7th grader, Damia Haynes said, “I chose German because it’s a fun class and the teacher is really nice and funny.”
Ciao! Ms. Schiavone is the Italian teacher. She also knows Spanish and understands and can read French. She wanted to become a teacher because she feels like she’s doing something good for society. She wanted to teach Italian because it’s her native language, she thinks it’s beautiful, and she wants to share her culture with kids. She thinks learning Italian would be beneficial for kids because there is a lot of Italian history, art, for traveling to Italy. She also thinks that learning any language could help in other subjects. She went to the University of Bologna and got her degree in law, but decided to be an Italian teacher and has been teaching this for almost 6 years. Her favorite part of teaching Italian is teaching about food and fashion. She thinks kids will like learning about food, fashion, art, and traditions and will also like the sound of the language. She wants you to know that Italian is a fun class, and that Italy is a beautiful place.
¡Buenos días! Ms. Riordan is one of Pin Oak’s three Spanish teachers. She also understands Flemish. She has taught english, math, kindergarten, and even at the college level. She wanted to be a teacher because she loves kids. She learned Spanish when she was young because she moved to Spain. She wanted to teach Spanish because she had amazing Spanish teachers, and loves how the language sounds. She thinks Spanish is necessary in Texas so it would benefit kids if they learned it. She went to Trinity University and U of H to get her degree in education. She has been teaching Spanish for 4 years. She loves teaching this language because it’s a fun class and there are many activities. She thinks kids will like ordering food at a restaurant in Spanish, talking more in this language, and understanding it. She also thinks that language is very important.
¡Hola! Ms. Frisch is another one of Pin Oak’s Spanish teachers. She also knows a little French, German, and Italian. She has taught math, reading, and ESL. She wanted to be a teacher because her mom was a teacher and she inspired her. At first, she wanted to be a math teacher, but the school needed a Spanish teacher, so she stepped in, loved teaching it, and has been teaching Spanish for 6 years. She went to Williams School and National University of Mexico to get a degree in industrial engineering. Her favorite part of teaching this language is seeing kids use the language. She thinks kids will like being able to communicate in Spanish. She wants you to know that she is here to help.
¡Bienvenidos!Ms. Reamer is Pin Oak’s newest Spanish teacher. She wanted to become a teacher because she had influential teachers and wants to be like them. She wanted teach Spanish because she loves the language and when she learned it, she thought it was a fun class. She went to Baylor College and has been teaching Spanish for 2 years. She learned the language when she was little and took it in school. She also studied abroad in Costa Rica for 3 months. She thinks it would be beneficial for kids to help them get jobs and in college. Also it would help them communicate with Spanish speakers. Her favorite part of teaching this is incorporating culture in class and doing fun things. She thinks kids will like that it’s easy to pick up so they will see great progress. 7th grader, Jason Deng said,”I chose Spanish because it’s good to learn it in Texas and the teacher is good at what she does.”
Pin Oak is lucky to have these teachers on their team.