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!
A few highlights from our current session. Our unit has been focused on “buildings” or “edificios” and we’ve enjoyed lessons on everything from different types of buildings 🏠, to building materials 👷♂️ and of course the Three Little Pigs. ❤️🐷🐷🐷❤️
Puntos más destacados de nuestra sesión actual. Nuestra sesión ha estado enfocada en los “Edificios” y hemos disfrutado de cada una de las lecciones aprendiendo de los diferentes tipos de edificios y diferentes materiales que se usan para construirlos. Por supuesto acompañado con el cuento de “Los tres cerditos”.
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:
I 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.