Welcome!

We would like to introduce you to Ms. Briseyda Ceballos! She is working with Aventuras as a Lead Teacher and we are so happy to welcome her aboard. Her credentials, professionalism and passion for education and the Spanish language make her a great fit for our program. Learn more about her here, in her own words:

70880743_733172527131313_7080116788452655104_nI was born in Michoacán, Mexico and have lived in Nebraska for about 14 years. I’ve lived in Lincoln for two years now and plan to graduate from UNL with a double major in Spanish and Child, Youth, and Family Science in May 2020.

My family lives in Grand Island. As a child I spoke only Spanish until the age of 7 and now as an adult, most of my communication involving immediate and extended family relies on Spanish. While maintaining the language was not an activity I had to put effort into growing up, due to being fully immersed in the culture and using it on a daily basis, it’s become something that I now consider a necessity. My short-term language goals are always focused on increasing vocabulary (including knowledge of regional differences) to the highest extent, while my long-term goals are focused on being able to do every aspect of my future career in both languages. Academically and professionally, I am interested in child and adult education, literature/linguistics in Spanish, and research focused on family dynamics in ever changing social contexts.

I volunteered during a semester in SCC’s Adult Literacy Program where I first realized how much I enjoyed teaching. My ideal career post-graduation would consist of education and community involvement.

 

Welcome!

IMG_0766Please join us in welcoming Ms. Elvira Marciano, the newest addition to our team! Ms. Elvira will be teaching at Aventuras during our summer program and we are so happy to have her. She comes to us with valuable education and experience which she can pass on to our little ones. Get to know her here in her own words:

I’m a native Spanish speaker originally from Huehuetenango, Guatemala. I speak three languages being: Spanish, English, and Q’anjobal (one of the 21 Mayan languages spoken in my country). I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Sciences last December 2018. As part of my preparation to become a Spanish teacher, I completed my professional practicum at a primary school in Spain and my student teaching at an American school in Belgium. During the last three months, I have been teaching Spanish at Yutan High School, Nebraska.

One of the things I have learned from myself after living in different places, is my interest in experiencing and learning from different cultures. I also found out that language can play a major role when experiencing those cultures. When we have the ability to communicate with people different from us, we are more likely to understand and learn from them. I strongly believe that introducing multiple languages to children not only opens up numerous opportunities for them in the long run, but it also helps their cognitive development. For these reasons, I’m passionate about working with young people.

During my spare time, I like to spend time with family and friends, play football (soccer), dance, and try to pass French I.

 

First day of Session #3

Our first day of session #3 was a blast! We introduced the new theme of La Ropa or Clothes today and it is opening fun new avenues for language learning. Our letter of the day was A and we learned that the word Abrigo or Coat starts with A.

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We also got some much needed sunshine out in our play yard.

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