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Anita Bill Sofía Amelia Ramona Stephanie Jen Anna

The diary entries of real foreign language teachers

Welcome to the Teacher Diaries, offering you a first-hand look at the challenges and victories of foreign language teachers. Our eight teachers represent a broad spectrum in both experience and language type.

Anita
Anita is a first year Spanish teacher in a suburban school near Chicago.

Bill
He is a recent graduate with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction who worked with rural Western school districts in promoting foreign language education and developing standards. Bill has taught Spanish at the high school and college level for a total of 13 years. He has had coursework in Guatemala, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Spain. Bill works for greater diversity among language educators, and has researched the attitudes of students toward a possible career in language teaching. Bill is now teaching a foreign language practicum course in South Carolina, and shares his reflections on the challenges and rewards of teaching new teachers

Sofía
Sofía, is a second-year Spanish teacher at a charter school in the Baltimore area.

Amelia
Amelia is a career changer new to the teaching profession, having previously worked in restaurant management. She teaches French 2 and 3 at a high school in New Haven , Connecticut.

Ramona
Ramona has over 30 years of experience teaching in the high school classroom (and nearly 15 as an adjunct community college instructor). She teaches Spanish to 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in a rural school not far from large urban centers. With an enrollment of around 1,000 students, hers is the only high school in the district. Although these are her true diary entries, all names and identifying details have been changed.

Stephanie
Stephanie is an experienced teacher who is returning to the classroom after taking time off to raise her children. She teaches French to 9th and 10th grade students in a suburban school outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

Jen
Jen is a real first-year teacher who has just completed a BSEd in Foreign Language Education from a major university. She teaches Spanish and French in middle schools in the Atlanta area.

Anna
Anna is a real student teacher in the process of gaining her master's degree in Education at a major university. She is teaching Spanish for the first time in a suburban public high school in the New York area.

We welcome your responses to these diaries via our email form or by emailing us at info@nclrc.org .

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