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
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.

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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