Bienvenidos a la clase de español! I am Karily Cruz, I am excited to be at Westlake Academy teaching Spanish in grades 4,5, and 6.
I grew up in Arlington Texas, graduated with a B.A in Spanish and a minor in International Business from Tarleton State University. I have taught Spanish I & II, Bilingual Education, ESL and Early Childhood as well different business background areas.
I know firsthand what it is to learn a second language and I share that with my students. It is not easy and it involves becoming accustomed to constant risk-taking for the sake of communication. I believe that through language we can become closer to so many different cultures and learn from many different people. Having knowledge in other languages opens the doors to endless opportunities, and learning a new language at a young age is wonderful. Ultimately, language learning enriches our experiences of and in the world, broadens our perspective, and brings new people and relationships into our lives that might otherwise be out of our realm.
I am here to support, encourage and work together with our learners to build knowledge and understanding that will last a lifetime.
❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela
Here’s to a great year for us all!