Mrs. Patricia Padilla
I am from Bogotá, Colombia. I am married and have two children, Sara and Daniel. I was a dentist in Colombia and when I moved to the Unites States I was not allowed to practice my career after fifteen years of private practice. I have been teaching for ten years here at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish School. I began to teach Spanish and fell in love with the teaching experience, then I decided to get a M.Ed at The University of Georgia.I love to work with children, students in this school make me feel passionate about teaching a second language.I am excited about being part of Saint Joseph Catholic Parish School.
My philosophy of teaching Spanish begins with the concept of being a good instructor. To me, this involves certain qualities that will help my students to learn and to be more enthusiastic about a second language. I believe that a key element in the foreign language classroom is keeping the students motivated. My personal style of teaching brings enthusiasm, cultural elements, and technology into the classroom to increase learning motivation. My objective as a professional educator is to establish rapport with students and create a positive classroom climate; this is possible with the relationship I can develop with each student. I believe that by creating an environment of trust and respect, the students will realize that I am there to help. Then the students can feel safe, comfortable, and willing to learn.
The learning experience for my students is developed with activities that allow them to introduce each other with personal information from the first day of class to have a social interaction in the classroom. In my language classes, I use the foreign language instruction with students; therefore, they are required to speak in Spanish as much as possible.
In addition, in the development of my professional expertise I keep my teaching style consistent this helps making my teaching authentic or genuine according with my personality. Teaching my native Spanish language enables me to draw upon my own culture and personal experience as a foreign language learner as I teach my students to effectively communicate with me in my own language and, perhaps more importantly, to gain an appreciation for another language and culture.
Teachers must continually work to improve, because teaching is a challenging profession but it is a very rewarding one. My students will have the satisfaction of learning a new language and I will have the satisfaction of being a good instructor.