SPOTLIGHT on ……………………. YOU!

We value the importance of networking, collegiality, and simply getting to know one another.  Check out these outstanding NHAWLT members and all the incredible things they do!

Name
 Emma Cote
School
 Keene State College (Methods Student) - Monadnock Regional HS
Subject(s) taught with levels & grades

Spanish

Do you travel abroad with your students? Where?
Not yet!
Give a brief description of one activity you do with students that they LOVE!
Singing Xmas songs in Spanish
Name one song that you use with your students that they LOVE!
Me Voy - Julieta Venegas
What are your hobbies outside school?
Music - guitar & flute
If you could rule the World Language Teaching World, what would you do differently?
More immersion and travel
What's your go to resource when you're stumped?
Profe (my advisor)
What do you like about your school?
It values modern languages
What's your favorite food?
food - anything pasta!
Favorite joke
¿Adónde van los gatos cuando se mueren? A Purgatorio!
Anything else?
Spanish Rocks!

Name
 Jennifer Keefe
School
 Kennett High School
Subject(s) taught with levels & grades

FR gr 7&8 FR II gr 9&10

Do you travel abroad with your students? Where?
 Yes, France
Give a brief description of one activity you do with students that they LOVE!
 My students love Kahoot when there are few minutes left in class, it's a great way to review vocabulary.
Name one song that you use with your students that they LOVE!
Etienne - Porquoi take French
What are your hobbies outside school?
 hiking, spending time w/family
If you could rule the World Language Teaching World, what would you do differently?
Start WL programs younger for all
What's your go to resource when you're stumped?
Word Reference or Collins French
What do you like about your school?
I like that our students are able to begin languag in 7th grade - wish we could start even younger, and of course I like living in the White Mountains.
What's your favorite food?
chocolate

Name
 Sharon LeBrun
School
 Manchester Central High School
Subject(s) taught with levels & grades

French 1-4

Spanish 1-4

Do you travel abroad with your students? Where?
 I brought a group to France years ago.
Give a brief description of one activity you do with students that they LOVE!
 A.  We do a scavenger hunt for school supplies vocabulary. They like getting to move around.   

B.  Also, they enjoy baby pictures with 10 imparfait sentences about what they used to do when they were younger. 

C.  We also do a project about Jacques Prévert's "Déjeuner du matin". We read it aloud in class and learn some history about it and hypothesize about different relationships that it could be talking about. Then, students have the option of either writing an original narrative poem in passé composé or working with a partner to act out while reading aloud "Déjeuner du matin".

Name one song that you use with your students that they LOVE!
 Dernière danse by Indila
What are your hobbies outside school?
 Gardening,  spending time with my kids
If you could rule the World Language Teaching World, what would you do differently?
More old school sort of repetitive activities.  My students actually ask for them but our text doesn't have a lot so I supplement or make up my own. 
What's your go to resource when you're stumped?
 Fellow language teachers
What do you like about your school?
 Diversity
What's your favorite bilingual joke?
 Guy 1 to Guy 2 on Pont Neuf, "Dont jump! That's inSeine!"

Name
 Edee Takantjas
School
 Belmont High School
Subject(s) taught with levels & grades
 French 1-4/5, grades 9-12
Do you travel abroad with your students? Where?
Yes, we have a French exchange program every other year in Normandy near to Rouen.  We also go to Quebec City every three years.
Give a brief description of one activity you do with students that they LOVE!
Each week we listen to a current French song and rate different aspects of the music.  Then we watch the video and they get to score that, too.  We sometimes do other activities with the song, but the students really love discovering new music and critiquing the song and video. 
Name one song that you use with your students that they LOVE!
Anything by Stromae!
What are your hobbies outside school?
Doing activities with my own two kids.
If you could rule the World Language Teaching World, what would you do differently?
All schools would start teaching languages in elementary schools.
Whatis your favorite _______?
Color: orange, vegetable: artichoke, animal: monkey, fruit: cherry, time of day: 8:00 PM
What's your go to resource when you're stumped?
French Teachers in the US Facebook page!!!
What do you like about your school?
I love all of the people at my school, both staff and students!
What's your favorite bilingual joke?
Once there was a little French boy who had a hard time with counting. He just couldn’t get past 7.  He would try: un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept…  cough!  Cough!   His parents figured out that he had a huit allergy!
Add anything else you would like!
I encourage all French teachers to join AATF-NH!

Name
Vanessa Moeschen
School
Woodbury School, Salem, NH
Subject(s) taught with levels & grades
World Culture (6th), Spanish I (7th & 8th)
Do you travel abroad with your students? Where?
unfortunately, no
Give a brief description of one activity you do with students that they LOVE!
TPRS - My students love creating a whole-class story!
Name one song that you use with your students that they LOVE!
Sing, Dance, Eat Tacos, “Dolor de cabeza
What are your hobbies outside school?
Gardening, cooking, painting
If you could rule the World Language Teaching World, what would you do differently?
I wish our schools could offer more WL opportunities to students here in the United States.  I would love to see ALL students at ALL levels have the option to take Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Polish, German, French, Spanish (and many more!) if they are interested in doing so.
Whatis your favorite taco joint?
Lupitas in Haverhill, MA
What's your go to resource when you're stumped?
Pinterest.  It’s a wealth of inspiration and ideas.  I’m always finding new videos, activities, blogs, etc.
What do you like about your school?
 We offer Spanish AND French for middle schoolers!
What's your favorite bilingual joke?
I love cheesy jokes I can share with my students.  What did Old Mac Donald say when he had a daughter?  Hija, hija, oh!

Name
Erin Robbins
School
Hollis Brookline High School
Subject(s) taught with levels & grades
I teach Spanish levels 1-4, but taught AP for a few years when I began teaching high school in 2010.
Do you travel abroad with your students? Where?
Yes, I organize a trip to Costa Rica for my students every 3 years. We include a service learning activity (restoring the coast by planting mangrove trees along the shore), a visit to a local school, tours to a coffee & a chocolate plantation, and many adventurous activities such as ziplining, white water rafting, hiking, and a visit to natural hot springs.
Give a brief description of one activity you do with students that they LOVE!
My students love playing Kahoot. If you have never heard of it, you need to visit GetKahoot.com & check it out! I make as many Kahoots as I can because it's a great tool to formatively assess students in an anonymous way.
Name one song that you use with your students that they LOVE!
Bonito by Jarabe de Palo. I use it with my Spanish 1 classes to teach adjective/noun agreement. They love the beat, try to see how many words they can sing along to (he sings super fast!), & they love the silly video.
What are your hobbies outside school?
I love spending time with my family whenever I can & like to stay busy outside of the school day. For example, I coach Varsity Softball & the bowling team at HBHS. I also play slow pitch softball on 3 different teams from the spring to the fall. I love traveling, painting, and taking day trips to Boston or Southern Maine.
What is your favorite thing to dress up as for Halloween?
Dressing up for Halloween is a big deal at our school & a competition for best student costume and best teacher costume is awarded at a school wide assembly every year. I have dressed up as as flamenco dancer, Frida Kahlo, and a pregnant skeleton! I won with my pregnant skeleton costume (mostly because that was how I announced to everyone that I was having a baby!)
What do you like about your school?
I LOVE the students & my coworkers. I am so fortunate to have the best department on the planet. We support each other, work well together, & even hang out together outside of school. I was married last summer (2015) and my entire department was there to celebrate with me- how special!
What's your favorite bilingual joke?
What if soy milk is just regular milk introducing itself in Spanish?
Add anything else you would like!
I was married last summer to my husband, Joe, & we had a baby at the end of April! Her name is Layla Joy Robbins and has stolen our hearts with her smile. She is such a happy baby & we are absolutely in love.

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