WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHER / SPANISH AND FRENCH
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success… Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bonjour! Hola! I was born in Kenya and grew up in London, UK. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and NJ Teacher’s Certification from Rutgers the State University; B.ED in French and Art from London University (UK); Certificate in Spanish from Don Quijote Institute in Salamanca; Certificate in German from Goethe Institute in Frankfurt; and a Certificate in ESL from University of Cambridge. My work experience includes teaching in both public and private schools, here and abroad (UK and France). I have taught Preschool/Kindergarten/ Elementary Grades/Middle School/ High School, and Adults.
I joined Cedar Hill Prep in 2010. It was a privilege to introduce the World Languages Program, French and Spanish, to PreK – 8th grade at CHP.
Teaching World Languages is my passion and teaching at CHP, where students come from culturally diverse communities, is very rewarding. It is wonderful to teach languages to children because they come with enthusiasm, a lot of energy and some knowledge, which is then transformed into a wonderful learning experience. I enjoy teaching because each grade level presents its own challenges, and I want to make a positive difference in students’ lives through an exciting and challenging curriculum which helps them develop confidence in learning and encourages critical thinking. The success of the program is reflected in students’ appreciation of another language and culture, ability to speak in the target language with confidence, and continuing further in HS at an advanced level.
Cedar Hill Prep Debate Wins Again! Garden State Debate League held their third inter school debate meet at Cedar Hill Prep School. Forty teams participated with 130 participants. The topics for debate were: Disney Movies Do More Harm Than Good; Ban Single Use Plastic Bags; Major League Baseball’s Plan to Cut Minor League Teams is Justified; All U.S. Presidential Primaries Should Be Held on the Same Day. Four teams from Cedar Hill Prep School finished in the top 10. Cedar Hill Prep School again won trophies for top school in the league and most number of wins. Congratulations debaters!
The Multiple Advantages of a Multilingual CurriculumThere have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. An article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought.