Career Story: Elementary School Spanish Teacher

Elementary School Spanish Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: Primary school in small college town.

Education: MA, Education, UCLA

Previous Experience: I taught English and Spanish in schools overseas and in the States.

Job Tasks: I teach Spanish three times a week to between 300-360 students in grades K-5 in an elementary school in our town. Between classes I serve as a liaison between families, school teachers and administrators and with others in the community and help interpret when necessary. During the day, I take phone calls from Spanish-speaking families who call with questions regarding school schedules, lunches, absences and notes sent home from school. I assist in interpreting for conferences when necessary. I meet with colleagues to plan for presentations and discuss issues relating to the curriculum and student learning. Throughout the year, I bring in other community members to share their culture and knowledge of the Spanish language with my classes. I teach my students about the cultures of different Spanish-speaking countries through music, dance, poetry and literature. I use as much Spanish as I can, so the students are mostly hearing it throughout the 25-minutes of class. Every nine weeks, I issue grades to the students and hold conferences, when needed, to discuss a student's progress.

Outside of school, I attend workshops that deal with teaching in general or more specifically teaching a foreign language. When I can, I travel to Spanish-speaking countries to learn more about that country and the people who live there. I use that opportunity to purchase materials for my classes and students the following year.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is sharing the information I know with my students and having them get excited about it and ask questions. It's fun to see them say things in Spanish that I didn't even know they remembered.

The worst part of my job is having to call a parent to report their child's poor behavior.

Job Tips: Before taking the courses to become a teacher in the public schools, think whether or not you have lots of patience, like learning and sharing information with students, have enthusiasm and a strong interest in what you're teaching, and lots of knowledge of the subject you're teaching. Then, work in the school system as an assistant and see what the teaching environment is like. Try to work in different grades to see what age of students you enjoy the most. Once you decide to teach, find a school that allows to you to get lots of practical experience.

Additional Thoughts: Many people don't realize the amount of time an effective public school teacher spends outside the regular teaching day preparing for the day's work. Most teachers spend a good deal of time during the summer and during the year, taking and giving workshops related to teaching and towards their teaching speciality.

Teachers must have a very good understanding of the different stages of a child's development and have the child's interest at heart. An effective teacher must know the child's interests, abilities, learning style, family circumstances and background knowledge of a subject to teach it well.

Popular Schools offering Elementary Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Multiple Subject English Learner Teaching Credential, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Early Childhood Education - EdS, Early Childhood Education - Doctor of Education, Early Childhood Education - PhD in Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online, Early Childhood Education (MEd plus Certification) - Online, Early Childhood Education (Master of Education) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Certificate, Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA in Teaching - Elementary Education, M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Elementary Education , M.Ed. - Teaching and Learning, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Abilene Christian University (ACU), founded in 1906 and affiliated with the Church of Christ, has a long and proud heritage dedicated to educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. Instructors teach students how to think critically and globally in each of their respective programs, while still maintaining a focus on their particular program of study. ACU is an academically notable institution top ranked by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges", as well as The Princeton Review and Forbes.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Higher Education
  • Degrees: Master

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.

  • Programs: MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Master

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs:
  • Degrees:

NU has been educating leaders since 1934 at our campus near Seattle. If you have a dream, we can help make it possible.

  • Programs: Master in Ministry, Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership, Master of Education - Data Driven Instruction , more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate, Certificate

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

  • Programs: Instructional Design & Technology
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Elementary School Teachers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Elementary School Teachers, including:

Back to Top