Virginia Carmody

Name
Virginia Carmody
School
Hampton Academy
Subject(s) taught with levels & grades
World Languages (grade 6), Spanish (grades 7 & 8)
Do you travel abroad with your students? Where?
Our grade 8 students have the opportunity to travel to Quebec City.
Give a brief description of one activity you do with students that they LOVE!
They love answering questions on their devices while seeing the real-time results projected on the big screen through Kahoot, a (free) game-based platform (getkahoot.com). They enjoy competing with their classmates!
Name one song that you use with your students that they LOVE!
It’s a toss up between “Ice, Ice Hielo Spanish Weather Song” and “Spanish Seasons and Weather with Basho & Friends”. Sometimes they sing along very loudly!
What are your hobbies outside school?
Outside of school I like to spend time with my family and I enjoy reading books that I hope will make me a better person.
My latest read: Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
If you could rule the World Language Teaching World, what would you do differently?
I would provide students with meaningful world language learning opportunities starting in kindergarten!
What is your favorite ___________________?
(you fill in the blank!)
My favorite place to visit right now is Vieux Québec – what a gem!
What's your go to resource when you're stumped?
I keep the Google Translate app on my phone for quick access when I come across a word I don’t know in Spanish or French.
What do you like about your school?
I like that I feel valued; it inspires me to do my best work.
What's your favorite bilingual joke?
No jokes right now, but here is a worthy quote: “Most people are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to
be.” – Abraham Lincoln
Add anything else you would like!
I feel privileged that our vocation as teachers allows us to interact with children and impact their lives for the better.

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