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Teacher Spotlight: Kelley Robertson!

on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 14:48

Kelley is certified music teacher and a recent Peace Corps graduate who spent time in Panama. At New Roots she is teaching Spanish I, II, III, and IV, Advisory, Humanities Expedition and a she leads a choral ensemble. Her Spanish classes exhibit a strong focus on speaking the language rather than reading and writing it, using communication as the primary learning tool. About 80% of the conversations in her Spanish classes progress in Spanish. 

Kelley’s classes frequently find reason to work with individuals and organizations outside New Roots doors. She has taken students to the English as a Second Language (ESL) Center to learn about school systems, to volunteer at local after school programs, and will next visit Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation. 

Spanish students made paper kites and sugar skulls for Dia De los muertos in the fall of 2016, through which they discussed how other cultures have different perspectives on death and grieving. This year Kelley asked the students to give presentations on Latin Dance and music culture - they chose to talk about drum components and give dance lessons (pictures coming soon!). Kelly also set up an interview with her Spanish II class and David Byers a peace corps worker in Panama to establish a real connection with people using Spanish in their daily lives. 

See recent activity from Kelleys classes on our instagram page @newrootsschool. We are proud to have her as part of #TeamNewRoots!