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My name is Kate Varley (Profe Varley) and I have the pleasure of teaching your student Spanish this year. I am very excited to be joining the Washington Middle School staff this year. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I grew up on a dairy farm in a small town in Washington state. I attended Washington State University (GO COUGS!) for my B.A. in Sociology and then returned to complete my Masters in Teaching.
This is my thirteenth year teaching, but my first year teaching Spanish as a world language. I teach Spanish at Hellgate High School in the morning and at Washington in the afternoons. I started my teaching career in Denver, Colorado as an elementary bilingual teacher. I taught in an English and Spanish classroom for 9 years in the Denver area before moving to Boulder, Colorado. For the last three years I have been teaching English language development to students from all over the world. Learning new languages and teaching language to my students is definitely my passion!
I know that learning a new language can seem intimidating and a little scary. I promise that we are going to have a lot of fun learning Spanish! What I need from you is for you to be brave and open. Learning a new language requires taking some risks. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Pablo Picasso
During class we will practice listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in the Spanish language. In order to master the language, students will need to be engaged during class. Participation is a huge part of our class. There are many ways you can support your child’s learning, even if you don’t speak Spanish. You can ask them what they are learning about, check in on the status of their assignments, or quizzing them on vocabulary words is very supportive. Maybe you will even learn some Spanish yourself!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!