Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Spanish, California State University, San Bernardino Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish, California State University San Bernardino

Señora Alves

I am pleased to be your child’s Spanish teacher this year.  I am very interested in having your support and working as a team with your family in order to have a very successful school year.

I am a native European Portuguese speaker and was born in the United States to Portuguese parents. I learned Spanish throughout my life because of the languages being so similar. I’m very much involved in Portuguese cultural activities through the Chino local Portuguese community and am a member of the Luso-American Fraternal Federation which promotes the culture and language through educational opportunities.

In high school, I took 3 years in French and then went on to study Spanish formally in college. Even as a young person, I always had an interest in getting to know other people's cultures and their languages. I attended California State University San Bernardino where I majored in Spanish with a Language and Literature concentration and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 2002.  Through my education, I fell even more in love with the beautiful Spanish language and various Spanish-speaking cultures and am excited to share my passion for the language and cultures with your child. 

Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in the business world where I had experience in a Spanish language department for a major retailer. I also worked in the insurance industry where I constantly used Spanish to interview many people. These experiences gave me consistent use of the language where I spoke with many Spanish-speakers of different backgrounds. I believe that my previous work experience and also my interest in getting to know other people and their languages, have given me a better understanding of the process of teaching a foreign language.  I take advantage of my personal experience in order to implement my teaching methods and to convey the importance of being multilingual in the 21st century world. 

I understand that every child has different strengths and weaknesses in their learning process.  Therefore, I am committed to having differentiated instruction in my class with a variety of opportunities for my students to achieve their goals. Nevertheless, learning a language involves repetitionconstant work, and memorization skills.  I will request your support at home in order to reach our goal this year. 

For more information you may read the syllabus that your child received for this class.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I will respond to you as soon as possible.

¡Muchas Gracias!

Señora Alves