Application Process- United State
When I was a child, I studied at Maristas Cartagena “La Sagrada Familia”. Probably because my father worked there, my brother and I attended this school. While I studied there, I never felt the need to study another language or go abroad, because all my family was from Cartagena and my friends, my really good friends where from here too.
However, when at the end of college my parents asked me about going to Liverpool to study and learn English, I decided, without a doubt, to go alone with my awful English level. I decided to improve and travel. Since then, my dream has been to work in Maristas Cartagena “La Sagrada Familia”, because I believed in their education and values. I collaborate extremely actively in the solidarity part of the school, which made my dreams come true. I got to travel, help the others and learn new languages and cultures twice in Ivory Coast and in Ghana. I even have the intention to carry on with the projects of the NGO SED, which I support. I think they make a really big labor in education at disadvantaged countries.
My willing for learning and getting to know more about other cultures, made me move ahead and apply for the “Visiting Teachers from Spain to the U.S. and Canada Program.” I was finally going to America to teach in an American school! and I am extremely happy to have this opportunity and be able to live the experience.
Dallas, Texas U.S.A
Currently, I live in Dallas, Texas. Dallas is a modern metropolis in north Texas. It is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. In the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art cover thousands of years of art. The sleek Nasher Sculpture Center showcases contemporary sculpture.
The city of Dallas has a rich history rooted in ranching, farming, and oil production, growing rapidly as a trade center after the introduction of the railroad in 1873. After WWII, the city became home to numerous insurance corporations and banks, making it an important business and financial center - perfect fodder for that most famous of soap operas about power, money, and intrigue: Dallas. Tourists will also enjoy the wide variety of architecture, most notably modern and postmodern structures like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Gothic revival Kirby Building, and the Victorian and Neoclassical homes on Swiss Avenue. The city is home to several excellent museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, as well as top-rated attractions like the Dallas World Aquarium and Reunion Tower. Dallas also offers plenty of things to do outdoors, including a visit to the lovely Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and the impressive sculptures in Pioneer Plaza.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Dallas Museum of Art
SS Conner Elementary School
The faculty and staff at S.S Conner are committed to high expectations and high standards. We proactively work together to provide our students with innovative teaching strategies and rigorous learning opportunities in a safe, supportive and challenging learning environment. Our premier educational team will work collaboratively to nurture our students’ social, emotional and academic needs in a learning community dedicated to student success.
Conner Cubs are College Bound
SS Conner Elementary School has a diverse population of almost three-hundred students and a staff of twenty-one teachers, teaching in grades Kindergarten through Fifth. As a second-grade teacher at SS Conner Elementary School, I teach math, science, social studies, reading, and writing to 21 bilingual students. Most students arrive at school by around 7:00 a.m. and eat breakfast together in the cafeteria. In order to make it to school on-time, my day begins bright and early at 6:30 each morning. At 7:30, I pick my students up in the cafeteria and we head to the classroom where we spend eight hours a day five days a week. Teachers in Tyler are required to teach: 75 minutes of Math. 70 minutes of Science. 45 minutes of Writing. 90 minutes of Reading 45 minutes of Social Studies 2 nd Grade Teachers We also get a 30 minutes lunch break, which is followed by 15 minutes of recess. Lunch starts early on my campus with some teachers taking their students at 10:30. Luckily, my lunch does not start until 12:15, which is early even for Spain. In addition to lunch, we also have 45 minutes for planning, meetings or parent conferences. During this time students are either in Music, Art, or Physical Education. At 3:00 p.m., we walk our students back to the cafeteria where they have to wait until they are called through a walkie-talkie. Parents wait in a car line with their student's name tag visible in their car window. A teacher calls the names of the children as cars approach the waiting area. The parents stay in their cars as another teacher helps the child into the car. The first time I saw this, I was shocked, I couldn’t believe how things were so different in my country. By 4:00 p.m. our day is technically over, but most days we have meetings after school or tutorials that keeps us going until well after 5:00 p.m. It is non-stop and by the end of the day you are exhausted! Only to wake up the next day at 6:30 a.m. and start over again.
SS Conner Elementary School
My neighborhood I live in a three-bedroom apartment on the north of Dallas. I am close to the shops and restaurants, but the best part is that two new Spanish teachers live right next to me!!! It rains a lot here from autumn to spring with cool to mild temperatures, so everything is very green and beautiful. I like to share my time with my lovely roommates. [FOTOS MY CLASS]
Around the United States
One of the greatest advantages of living in the United States is being able to travel around the country. I have already visited Oklahoma, Chicago, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis, and Panama...Who knows? I might have time for some more!!! [FOTOS MY TRIPS]
OS ECHO MUCHO DE MENOS A TODOS!!