LOWER SCHOOL SPANISH
BA in Liberal Arts & Education, Universidad Educares, Santiago de Chile; Communication Arts & Design, Certifícate Degree, UCLA extension; WISC Waldorf Institute of Southern California, Waldorf Teacher Certificate.
Although it has been a delightful experience being the lead homeschool teacher for children in several communities, I truly value being part of an established school with a long-term plan. The structure and stability that this offers, the irreplaceable and supportive interaction with my colleagues, and the beautiful and delicate day-to-day task of teaching are shared and refined as a community.
I enjoy planning my classes around a variety and mix of traditional and artistic elements such as poetry, movement, hands-on crafts, color, form, recitation, singing, and music, depending on the needs of the class. I also enjoy following the festivities of each year and celebrating the variety of cultures and beauty that a language such as Spanish has to offer.
I am fluent in both English and Spanish, and I am a native of Chile.
High School Spanish
B.A. in Spanish and French, Hunter College and Université de Nice, France; M.A. in Spanish Language and Culture from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain; M.Ed. In Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix
Joanna has extensive experience teaching Spanish and French and coordinating global education programs, and has led students and colleagues in various activities related to language and multicultural studies. She has co-directed trips abroad and was a faculty co-director Martin Luther King Day of Service for students and teachers. She has annually advised students attending the Teens Talk About Racism conference at the Department of Global Studies of Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has led students and colleagues in the creation of a variety of school events on global themes, and is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for key women educators. Joanna is enthusiastic about enlivening students’ interest in the world community nearby and at large, and creating understandings and cultural empathy through language study.