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About Mrs. Jennifer Street

¡Hola! Yo soy Señora Street. I am currently working on my Masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision. I received my BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics, specializing in Spanish, from UMBC in May of 2009. I am married to a wonderful husband and we have two beautiful little boys,  Nico and Tiago! I look forward to a long career as a World Language teacher and as a life-long learner. I have been learning Spanish since my freshman year in high school and became inspired to pursue a career which would allow me to use the language on a daily basis, while at the same time transmitting and engaging passion for the language to others. As a World Language teacher, it is important to establish the foundation for student success by integrating language function, linguistic forms and cultural context. The Howard County World Language philosophy states that only through this methodology can students develop the "qualities of humanity and friendship, which foster a global understanding". This is a vital skill our students of today must possess in order to tomorrow. In order to aid my students in developing a heightened sensitivity and appreciation for diverse groups of people, environments and customs, I must do the same. Today’s classrooms are extremely diverse. It is crucial for one to develop a greater understanding of cultures and how to communicate cross culturally. The only true way to teach students is to understand how they view the world- their cultural perspective; only then can I, as a teacher, give true meaning to the content being presented. The ability to engage in intercultural communication is the most important skill a teacher can develop and it is the key to "stimulating introspection, intellectual curiosity and a joy for learning". I feel that students learn best when they are engaged in problem-solving activities, which will lead them to evaluate the world around them and teach them to develop decision-making skills. These skills must be based on a collective understanding of a multicultural society, which encourage thought provoking problem-solution discussions. Being able to reach a resolution, as a cooperative group is extremely important both at a national level and at a global level. Each student who enters my classroom makes up part of our community. I understand the importance of developing a safe, respectful, diverse environment for them and guiding students in the discovery of how to apply this to their futures. Over the years I have become more aware of the cultural differences within our society. I am a first generation Luso-American and have spent my whole life trying to find a balance between my Portuguese heritage and the American culture outside my front door; I would not change it for anything in the world. As a child of an immigrant family I have been given the opportunity to embrace the riches of my culture and diversity and I feel that these are the skills which will help me to effectively communicate with my students and see that each child who enters my classroom has the opportunity to become a great future leader. Salamanca: I spent a few weeks in Salamanca, Spain, known as the Golden City because its buildings are made of the Villamayor golden sandstone. Walking through the city was like taking a step back in time and reliving history, and the experience is a piece of my history I will never forget. I fell in love with its culture, its history and its beauty. I studied at the Universidad de Salamanca, which was founded in 1218 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It has had its key role in history and was home to writers such as Fray Luis de León, Miguel de Unamuno and Miguel de Cervantes. During one of the lectures, our professor took us to the old 12th century cathedral where we had class for the day and had the opportunity to sit in the same pews as many of these historical greats. The professors were extremely passionate and transmitted their excitement and passion to the students. They had the ability to spark interest in every subject, whether it was syntax, literature or history. The professors encouraged students to take advantage of the beautiful city and attend the Noche de Fonseca outdoor plays, to watch the street performers and the university Tunas at the Plaza Mayor at night in order to immerse ourselves in the culture. After class, I would head down to the Plaza Mayor to sit at a café and study. This was the perfect opportunity to watch how people interacted with each other and to practice my Spanish with the locals. My afternoons also included guided tours of the palaces, cathedrals, convents, churches and the University. One the weekends, I took advantage of tours to Trujillo, the hometown of Francisco Pizarro, Ciudad Rodrigo, a small city occupied since the Neolithic Age and built along the River Áqueda, Segovia to visit the Roman Aqueduct and the Alcazar Castle and La Granja; just to name a few of my many travels. I found this experience to be invaluable and I encourage all students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities! During my Salamanca closing ceremony, the university director stated, “Once a Salamanca student, always a Salamanca student.” I strongly agree. This experience will stay with me forever, along with the friendships made while I was there. The Golden City offers a golden opportunity to challenge oneself as a student and as an individual; it opens the doors to a heightened awareness of diversity, which will only help our society become more culturally proficient.
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