I am originally from Kentucky but have been teaching Spanish on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for 10 years. I have taught a total of more than 30 years. I was a 911 police department communications dispatcher for about 10 years in Indiana, Texas and Kentucky. I am the oldest of the teachers at my school but probably the teacher that loves technology the most. I adore my students and they help me keep updated on phone and computer technology. This year has been really fun for me because my youngest grandson is a student at our school.
Hi, I'm Lary Blodgett. I am NOT a Spanish teacher--rather, I'm working with the Spanish teacher on this project. I taught history for 29 years (24 of them in my current school district). Then, I became a technology integration specialist--my specialty is helping other teachers use more technology. I've been doing that job since 2006.--which means that by the end of this year, I'll have 35 years of teaching in. I have a wife, four daughters, and four grandkids--a fifth will arrive some time in May.
I'm very fortunate in that all of my daughters live within about a half hour drive from my home. (the youngest, age 20, still lives at home,.)
Although I only own about an acre and a half--I think of my self as having a small farm. I have to cut about 10 cords of wood per year to heat my home, and I have two horses, which have to be fed, cleaned up after, etc., every day--so, in addition to teaching I am always working around the "farm"--it's worth it, in that the one horse gets ridden a lot--once a week or more, (I went on a 13 mile trail ride yesterday.) and the other one gets ridden maybe once or twice a month.
One thing I notice here is how not only the language, but the units of measure need translation. Lets see,
1.5 acre = 0.015 175 711 584 caballeria,
10 cord of wood=8feet*4feet*4feet=1280 square feet=118.915 891 2 square meter
13 miles =20.9 kilometers
There, does that have more meaning to you?
You might also find it interesting that my Christian faith is very important to me, but, unlike the Catholic church,--I'm a protestant--but, my church isn't even affiliated with any other church. That is, we are entirely independent--the pastor founded the church based around the way he understands the Bible,--the church has no official "membership"--if you attend, that's good, we're happy to have you, but, if you leave and start attending somewhere else---we'll miss you, but, that's okay too.
My name is Josh Hindmarsh and I teach English at Perdue School in Saskatchewan, Canada. This is my second year teaching - I was in Perdue last year as well:). This semester is the first year that our school has offered a Spanish class which I am currently teaching. I lived in Ecuador for a year (8 years ago) so it has been nice for me to "re-learn" a lot of Spanish I have forgotten! I am hoping that my students can use technology as a tool to help them learn about a new culture and language; I think that conversing with students from another country will enhance this experience.