We’ve seen a lot of questions about our Covid-19 protocols. We will follow all Lincoln/Lancaster County directed health measures as required. With the new mask mandate update taking effect this Thursday, we will require all students and teachers to wear a mask. Additionally, we maintain small class sizes of no more than 1:10 teacher to student ratio. We sanitize between classes and students will be escorted to wash their hands prior to the beginning of each class. Please reach out if you have any questions and stay healthy. Thanks!
Michelle Hessheimer is our program’s Associate Teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and is completing her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has worked in an elementary school setting for the past four years.
Michelle was born in Florida but has lived in Lincoln nearly her entire life. In 2017, she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which quickly became one of her favorite places in the world. She has two new baby cats at home whom she dearly loves. She also loves studying and teaching languages and linguistics!
Michelle Borgert Flores is our program’s Lead Teacher. She is a Nebraska certified teacher and has taught elementary and middle school grades for nine years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She was born in California but lived in Argentina for 5 years. Her parents are both Argentinian and her family is all still there.
She moved to Lincoln with her husband Aaron and they are expecting their first child in October. They have two cat babies as well, named Nani and Meeko. Her favorite travel spot is to Osaka, Japan and her favorite food is bean burritos. She loves gardening, listening to audio books, knitting, traveling (especially to Disney world), and spending time with family and friends.
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Rebecca Norton, our newest team member! We are so excited to have Rebecca starting as an Associate Teacher. She brings four valuable years of experience working with children and an impeccable level of Spanish mastery. Her international travel experience and love of culture combined with her classroom management skills will add value to the Aventuras program and our student’s learning experience. Let’s get to know Rebecca in her own words:
Hello! My name is Rebecca Norton and I’m from Lincoln, Nebraska. I’m a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I will graduate in December 2019 with a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a minor in Ethnic Studies. I enjoy studying Latin American literature, history, and linguistics. I’ve studied Spanish for nine years. Last year I studied abroad in Peru and this past summer went to Ecuador. I love traveling through the Andes Mountains in South America. One of the next countries I would love to visit is Bolivia; I want to learn more about Andean culture and Incan history!
I’ve worked in a daycare supervising children ages 18 months to 12 years for the last four years and I love working with children. I am passionate about Spanish and I strongly believe every child should have the opportunity to learn a second language. I’ve found that being fully immersed in Spanish is key and using it every day is necessary. I’m excited to keep growing as a learner. I can relate to the challenges and frustrations that come from learning Spanish; English is my first language. However, I’ve found that learning Spanish is a journey well worth partaking in.
Learning Spanish has been extremely valuable and rewarding in many ways. I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world. Spanish truly provides many great opportunities and experiences, including the confidence to learn a third language! I’m currently learning Arabic and will leave to teach English in North Africa later next year.
I’m so excited to teach Spanish with Aventuras!