Language is the laughter of the soul. -Pablo Neruda
Spanish at Creekside SVP, Monica Caldari, M. Ed.
It is with great honor and pleasure I return to Creekside to teach your beautiful children a very important language. Did you know that by 2028 Spanish will be the second most spoken language across the globe? For this reason, though not exclusively, I hope you see and understand the value of learning a second language. Communication is the key to creating lasting and meaningful relationships which will bring us all to a better understanding of the people and the world around us.
I have 20+ years of teaching experience in a variety of academic settings. I’ve worked in charter, private, and traditional urban public schools. I taught kindergarten for 2 years, 4th grade 4 years, high school English, History and writing. Spanish however, has been the longest running subject I’ve taught since moving to Tahoe.
Highlights of my teaching philosophy, program goals and curricular visions include the following:
Expertise in developing, integrating and sharing language learning curriculum in Art, Music, English Language Arts, Spanish and Social Studies to integrate traditional teaching strategies with creative, progressive and differentiated instruction to support students’ critical thinking skills through issues of social justice and the arts.
Making meaning of the world: my goal is to instill in my students a thirst for learning and understanding our world to become more active participants in the global and local community.
Successful and upcoming projects:
Day of the Dead Unit- scarecrow contest-(we’ve placed 2 out of the 3 years!) and sugar skull making. Students are actively engaged in this unit which touches on a topic rarely discussed but relevant to all
Trip to Puerto Rico with SVP high school last year
Latin American artist research projects- Picasso, Frida, Diego Rivera, Dalí, Botero and so many more
Spanish speaking country culture, geography and history research projects… at the beginning of the year most students can only name 2 or 3 Spanish speaking countries.
Musical Genres: Salsa, Bomba, Rumba, Merengue, Boleros, Reggae, Mariachi, Cumbia and so much more
Spanish blogging- new this year!
I welcome help, support and ideas any time. I’m in the room directly across from the office most of the time - unless I’m with a smaller grade in their own classroom. I look forward to working and playing together this year in collaboration to making our students grow academically, socially and emotionally in a positive and joyful manner! ¡Gracias! Monica Caldari, email@example.com