Hola! My name is Stephanie Turner and I am excited to be returning to Fayetteville Montessori School as your Spanish teacher. In 1997 I traveled through Mexico for a year and fell in love with the country, the culture and the language. I returned to my home state of Rhode Island where I taught high school Spanish for two years before returning to Mexico and falling in love again, this time with my husband from Tennessee, who was living in San Miguel de Allende and who convinced me to move there. We lived and worked in Mexico for 12 years together. Our two boys, ages 6 and 8, were born in Mexico and attended a Montessori pre-school . I continued to study and learn more Spanish during those years by running my own businesses in Mexico and helping other ex-pats run theirs.
The experience of living and working in a foreign country has changed the way I have thought about language education, and unlike the way I was taught French in high school, I believe immersion is paramount. This year we have doubled our Spanish schedule giving me more time to work with students individually and in small groups, giving me the opportunity to use immersion methods to help reinforce the vocabulary that will be taught in group lesson. Language is about communication and practical dialog, the ability to ask and answer questions, not just being able to count and know your colors. My group instruction will try and parallel the units they are studying with their classroom teachers. We will learn traditional children’s songs and games in Spanish. I also love to share stories of living in Mexico and what I learned about the culture.
I hope to instill a life-long love for language that will not only open doors of opportunity for your children in the future but a desire to know more about the world and the other cultures we share it with.
Nos vemos pronto! (See you soon!)