Career Story: Teacher In A School For Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Children

Teacher In A School For Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Children

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a Montessori school and in a public school in Framingham.

Education: B.A., Spanish Language & Literature, Wesleyan University •• M. Ed., Elementary Education, Lesley University

Previous Experience: I have taught in public and private schools since 1992. I currently teach Spanish at a Montessori school and in the 4th grade of a two-way bilingual program in Framingham.

Job Tasks: At the Montessori school, I teach Spanish to children aged 3 to 10. I have been at the school for 10 years and have written the curriculum, made most of the materials and collaborated with the classroom teachers to connect my lessons to what is done in the classroom. I see the children one or two times a week. Some examples of what we do in the preschool and kindergarten are: sing songs, read stories, play games, color, cut and paste. In the elementary school we learn about the Spanish alphabet, parts of speech (adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc.) and simple vocabulary centering on places in the community, objects in the school and home, etc.

At the public school in Framingham, I teach 4th grade. The program is called "Two-Way Bilingual" because the children learn in both English and Spanish. I teach on the Spanish side and have what's known as a "job share." My partner teaches math and reading in the morning, and I teach writing and science in the afternoon. All the classes are in Spanish. We have two groups of students, and each group spends a week with us learning in Spanish and then spends the following week with another teacher learning in English.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love both of my jobs! The best part is getting to work with children, and watching them learn and grow. It is so satisfying at the Montessori school to work with the children from age 3 through 3rd grade. At the Framingham school I have wonderful colleagues and I learn a lot from them. We also have excellent professional development; the system offers lots of courses and workshops for teachers to learn new techniques and ideas.

The part I like least about teaching is the paperwork that goes along with it, especially in the public schools. There is a lot of administrative work that takes up time that I'd rather spending with kids.

Job Tips: Start the year off right: focus on classroom procedures and expectations before you get into academics! Be prepared to work a lot of hours at home. Get involved in the school community; join a committee on the PTO or offer workshops to parents about testing, summer activities etc. Always continue to learn; take classes, do cooperative activities with other teachers and their students and read, read, read!

Additional Thoughts: The most important qualities for success in teaching are open-mindedness, the ability to think on your feet (and change your plans at a moment's notice!), and the desire to work with and for others. If you like collaborating and trying new things, teaching is a constant challenge and opportunity for growth.

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

A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.

  • Programs: Doctor of Management – Higher Education Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Doctorate

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: M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Elementary Education , MA in Teaching - Elementary Education, Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate, Certificate

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

  • Programs: Early Childhood Education
  • Degrees: Diploma

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: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Equity, Ethics, and Justice, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: B.A. Early Childhood Education , B.A. Early Childhood Education with Dual Credential, M.A. Early Childhood Education, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: General Education - Doctor of Education, E-Learning - EdS, International Education - EdS, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

  • Programs: Master's (M.Ed.) - Curriculum and Instruction for Educators, Master's (M.Ed.) - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master

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

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Learning Design and 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