Hola! Please allow me to introduce myself! My name is Becky Klassen and I am super excited to be the Spanish teacher at Henry Barnard School. This is truly my dream job and I am so looking forward to seeing how much your students learn and grow during this school year.
I started learning French in kindergarten when I was four years old. I attended Grove City College and received a BA in French/ Spanish education. I later received a M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education/ TESOL from the University of South Florida. I have lived in France, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Paraguay. For nearly twenty years, I have taught students from all over the world ranging in age from preschool to graduate school. I am passionate about language learning and other cultures.
My family moved to Massachusetts in 2014 from Florida. (Our first winter in Massachusetts was the one with all the blizzards, so that was fun!) My husband Dan is from Canada and he is a family therapist/ youth pastor. My daughter Emily is 12 years old and is starting 8th grade at Barrington Christian Academy. We will also have a Chinese exchange student living with us this year. Her name is Jingzhi.
My style of teaching is super high energy. I love to sing songs, play games, draw pictures, do plays, use puppets... you name it! Learning Spanish should always be incredibly fun and engaging. Take a look inside my classroom and I think you will quickly notice that Spanish is not going to be boring! During our weekly Spanish class, the students will be taking a journey through the Spanish alphabet. Each week we will learn a new letter of the alphabet, learn some words that start with that letter, talk about people and places of the Hispanic World that start with that letter, and learn about a topic that starts with that letter. Also throughout the year, I am planning some exciting projects such a poster contest, cultural celebrations, a student-run Latino restaurant, and some plays in Spanish! I am also hoping to collaborate as much as possible with other teachers so that we can infuse Spanish into art, music, math, and science classes. Even during lunch, I hope to start a "Mesa Española" (Spanish table) where students can eat lunch with me while practicing their Spanish.
This is going to be a great year! I look forward to meeting you soon and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Coming up next week... Sailing the 7 "C"s of language learning.