Friday, April 12, 2013

My Introduction -- Kristin Pontarelli

¡Hola a todos!

My name is Kristin Pontarelli and I am a Spanish Teacher at East Greenwich High School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.  For those unfamiliar with the United States, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country.  It is 45 minutes from Boston and 2 hours from New York.  The summers here in RI are beautiful and there is always a beach to visit!

I am currently teaching Spanish 1, 2, 4 and 5 at the High School level.  I have taught middle school for 5 years and I have also taught introductory courses at the college level at the Community College of RI and at the University of Delaware, where I attended for my Bachelor's and Master's.

I became interested in flipping my classes after having done some research online last summer.  I needed something new and fresh in my teaching, so I decided to give it a try.  I am currently flipping my Spanish 2 and 4 courses.  I have made several tutorials and posted them to the Sophia.org website.

This blog that I already have highlights my journey thus far with my flipping.  I am excited to learn more about how to integrate technology in my classes with this MOOC.  I am also very excited to meet new people from other parts of the world who share similar interests.

One last thing, if there are any teachers who are in Hispanic countries and teach English as a foreign language, or knows someone who does, please let me know.  I would love to start an intercambio with my upper level classes and maybe even some day have an exchange program with a sister school.

¡Hasta pronto!
Kristin