¡Hola! My name is Jennifer Pease (aka Sra. Pease) and I am the Spanish teacher at Avoca West for grades 1-5. This will be my 12th year at Avoca West and my 16th year teaching. I was gone most of last year on maternity leave and spent my time away busy with my 4 year old son, Mikey and his new baby sister, Samantha. I am so excited to return to teaching Spanish and look forward to working with your children. Hopefully, they will love love learning a foreign language as much as I do!
For most of my teaching career, I have taught Spanish to children, ranging from ages kindergarten up to sixth grade. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I also received a Masters Degree in Education from National-Louis University.
Many students are curious about my country of origin and often make the assumption that I was born in Mexico. I am not a native speaker of Spanish even though my mother was born in Mexico. My mother was trying to improve her fluency in English and since my father did not speak any Spanish, only English was used in our home. My mother’s ability to speak two languages always fascinated me, but I wasn’t able to study the Spanish language formally until it was offered at school in the seventh grade. So from seventh grade and all throughout college, I studied Spanish. I have also traveled to many parts of Mexico and Spain.
Generally, classes are instructed primarily in Spanish and often incorporate a variety of activities involving movement, music, and familiar children’s literature. Whenever possible, I try to integrate many of the concepts and skills students are learning with his/her classroom teacher. I also discuss important aspects, customs, and traditions of Spanish-speaking cultures. Classroom activities can be challenging but they are set up to offer many opportunities for success. My passion is to help all my students foster a love of learning about other languages and cultures! I look forward to a fun-filled and exciting year!