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Elisa Bermúdez - Spanish Teacher

I hope learning a language becomes a vehicle to learn about cultures, and thus understand one another.

Spanish Teacher

  • What three adjectives would you use to describe your classroom?

    Playful, Cultural, Musical
     
  • What do you love about Shipley?

    The students, my colleagues, the Professional Development Committee, and our focus on the importance of developing teacher-student relationships.
     
  • What inspired you to choose education?

    I had no idea I was going to become a teacher. It all unfolded as I was at a crossroads with my former profession. I have always loved being around children as much as I love learning about languages and cultures. So eventually I pursued a graduate degree in Spanish and education. The rest is history. My grandmother, a school teacher who specialized in math and English, and my second grade teacher have been influential in my decision to become an educator as well.
     
  • What is your favorite lesson, project or activity? Why?

    There are a lot of activities we do in the Spanish classroom that are fun. If I were to pick one, I would choose “Fútbol en Español” (Soccer in Spanish). I tried it for the first time last year with 4th grade – where we have a number of Lionel Messi fans. After the students practiced several times certain words and phrases used in sports, they played a few soccer games. The catch? They were allowed to speak Spanish only to communicate with their teammates during the games. It was amazing how much Spanish came out of their mouths!
     
  • What is your year-end goal for every student who walks into your classroom?

    As teachers, we plant a seed in our students, take care of it for a little while, and then watch it grow. I hope students feel more confident and comfortable about their knowledge of Spanish at the end of the year. As my students grow, I also hope I have encouraged them to be curious and be aware that the world around them knows no borders or boundaries. I hope learning a language becomes a vehicle to learn about cultures, and thus understand one another.
  • What is your favorite food?

    Arepas (some of my students can tell you what they are!).
     
  • What is your favorite season?

    Summer
     
  • If you could meet one person in history – who would it be?

    Frida Kahlo, Celia Cruz or Marcel Marceau.
     
  • What is your favorite book?

    La Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits), Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and anything written by Elizabeth Gilbert.
     
  • Where was the best vacation you ever had?

    So far, California
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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.