World Languages Department
Learning a World language is every student's passport to acquiring 21st Century skills, building relationships and engaging learning. It will allow them to be active participants of our global society; it offers our students the opportunity to strengthen their self-confidence in language and to explore the richness and diversity of another culture.
Learning any language is exciting and fun! And it is so relevant for today's world. Did you know that Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world? That Vietnam's 2 nd language is French? That the United States has the fifth-largest Hispanic population in the world! Between both languages there are over 50 countries where Spanish & French are the main or 2nd language spoken. Did you know that students who know a second language generally score higher on standardized tests than students who do not?
Here at BCMS, we offer students the opportunity to acquire authentic world language skills and knowledge. Students learn language and culture by participating in carefully-planned lessons, hands-on projects, speaking, & writing activities.
As natives and experienced teachers, we bring new innovative ideas to get our students to love and learn Spanish. Our new and exciting curriculum will engage students with games, videos, conversations and opportunities to share their learning and experiences with teachers, peers and parents.
We invite you to browse our page, get to know us and enjoy a little bit of the world around you!
Srta. Larissa Amador, World Languages Content Specialist and Spanish Teacher - email
This is my 9th year at BCMS but my 15th year teaching middle school. I love middle school and all the exploring, learning and fun we get to have while learning a new language and its culture have a master's degree in Teaching and Learning with a minor in Educational Technology. I also hold a Professional Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. I also hold an Admin I and II certification.
I could teach languages, culture and geography all day! I can't wait to help you become a 2 nd or 3 rd language speaker & expose you to lots of wonderful cultural adventures. I am American by birth and Puerto Rican by love and heritage. I love to travel, some of the places that I have visited are Mexico, Italy, Spain, France, Bahamas, Costa Rica, US Virgin Islands, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and soon I will be traveling to Canada and Alaska. I love fall, spend time with my family and friends. I love my puppy - Milo. He is a 4 month old shih-tzu.
Srta. Yomar S. Cardona, Spanish Teacher - email
I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I have more than twenty years teaching Spanish from elementary to adult in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Maryland. I have taught Spanish, Pre-IB, and AP Spanish Courses. I have a Bachelor Degree in Education with concentration in Spanish from University of Puerto Rico. I have two Master Degree, one in Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix and the second is in Public Health Education from the University of Puerto Rico.
At the present I'm teaching Spanish at Briggs Chaney Middle School and Ana G. Mendez University at Montgomery County. I enjoy teach Spanish and Hispanic culture. My favorite books are: La Amortajada by Maria Luisa Bombal, La Casa de los Espiritus by Isabel Allende, and Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes de Saavedra. I'm also married, my son is 14 years old and my pet's name is Lexie. She is two-year-old. I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with family. In my spare time, I study Hebrew.
Srta. Eirete De Jesus - email
I am a fully bilingual teacher from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I speak Spanish and English, and I also have a general knowledge of ASL. I have taught ESL, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry and Ethics, in all levels. I have been teaching for the past 12 years. I wanted to be a Pediatrician, that is why my BA is in Science, but a friend introduced me to teaching after graduation, and I loved it!
I am a sports fan and my teams are: baseball - Cardinals; football - 49ers and NBA - Lakers. Those have been my teams for as long as I can remember and I stick to them, even if their performance is not what it used to be. It's easy to be with a team (or a person) when they are at their high, but what truly demonstrates loyalty is when you stick to it (or them) at their lows.
My favorite season is fall, I just love all the colors and the feeling it brings. In my free time I love to read, have a good cup of coffee and just have some 'me time'. I am looking forward to an exciting and wonderful year, teaching Spanish at Briggs Chaney Middle School.
Srta. Krystina Hernandez - email
Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing that with you! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Language & Culture and a Master's Degree in Global Strategic Communications. My pursuit of language studies in academia and as a professional translator has given me many opportunities to travel and work all over the world including Spain, Italy, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates. I enjoy cooking, watching movies, and studying.
history, all of which are enhanced by my love of languages and culture. Exploring new places, meeting different people, and trying exotic foods are just a few fun reasons to dive into learning a new language and I'm happy to take this journey with you!
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