Our students are first introduced to the Spanish language in the Early Learning Program I and lessons continue on through the sixth grade. Our exciting approach integrates the Spanish language through activities in the classroom. The intent is to expose each student to a high level of listening skills so that he/she will have the perceptual readiness to make a graceful transition to the Spanish language without undue stress. Students are engaged as they learn listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in Spanish.
As the children grow and become more comfortable with the Spanish language, the curriculum will adapt to meet the children’s specific needs. Our Spanish curriculum will enhance fluency and will add the vital components of cultural understanding necessary to tie language learning with the global environment where our students will take their learned skills.
With the St. Mark’s Spanish program, the students will find themselves in an environment where language learning becomes the vehicle for developing interpersonal skills, cooperative learning skills, drama, art and endless creativity all woven into the very fabric of this dynamic approach to learning Spanish.
Natasha Para, ELP-K Spanish
Natasha has been with us for several years and goes into the classes of our smallest St. Mark’s students with songs and activities in Spanish.
Gretell Carces – Spanish, 1-6
Senora Gretell Garces is our Spanish teacher for first through sixth grades. Gretell is from Cuba; she and her family arrived in the United States in 1998. Her B.A. in education is from Johnson University in Knoxville.