Brief Biography of DonnLis Lagos
First of all I want to express how happy I am to work in such a fine school. The students are all enthusiastic about learning Spanish.
We have been comparing two countries, in different continents that speak Spanish out of 21 countries that all are joined by one language. I have been teaching the children that Spanish opens doors to communicate with so many people, including in our own country 12%. One child in the hall asked me “Te gustan las manzanas?” That made me smile. I myself am from Spain and moved here from Italy where I lived for 10 years. I have been living in Cary for 16 years now and call it my home. I have bilingual twin girls in 3rd grade, Francesca and Raffaella. In Italy I taught English as a second language at the Kindergarten level, directed a European Community funded school for Italian as a second language for immigrants, taught two years Education seminars at the university level,taught 300 hours in Naples,Italy methods of teaching a target language workshops, taught English at a school of tourism in the Island of Capri and taught English at a teachers Association at night. My undergraduate degree is Spanish Literature and Business Administration. I came to North Carolina to work on my masters in Education and get my teaching license at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where my father, Dr. Lagos, is also a professor/writer from Colombia there and my mother,from Spain, at Greensboro college. So I was destined to be in the field of Education.
The last two years I was working at a Montessori full immersion Spanish school teaching world cultures and core subjects. I love working with children and get energized by their joy and enthusiasm. Besides learning conversation questions and certain topics on the curriculum, in class we have also danced a bit of Flamenco and Cumbia. On weekends I like to listen to Jazz/blues and go to festivals around town. I am thrilled to be here to teach your children.
CURRICULUMClick below to see the NC Essential Standards
Our program is a FLEX program - See Novice Low level
NC World Language Essential Standards explains FLEX programs as follows:
"FLES program variations that do not meet the 90 minutes per week minimum are actually foreign language exploratory or FLEX programs, which are not designed to build proficiency. K-8 FLEX programs, sometimes referred to as part of the “wheel,” potentially lay the foundation for future interest in proficiency-based language study. Exploratory programs are focused on goals, such as introducing basic vocabulary for one or more languages and teaching students about different cultures."
NC World Language Essential Standards
Focus Group Program
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