Hi! My name is Jessica and I'm a former middle and high school Spanish teacher. I taught for 4 years in a public middle school in Baltimore and 3 years in a private high school in NYC. I grew up in South Jersey (it's so different from North Jersey, trust me), and then I moved to Maryland in middle school. I have BAs in Spanish, Russian, and Secondary Education from the University of Maryland (go Terps!). I now live in the Bronx with my guinea pig and I recently completed my Masters degree in Urban Education at CUNY.
I studied abroad in Alicante, Spain in 2005 for a semester and in St. Petersburg, Russia for the 2007-2008 school year. Both experiences were amazing and I learned that I love to travel and that I love the food of any and all non-English speaking countries. I have traveled a lot since living in Alicante. This past summer I went to Greece and it was the 16th foreign country I've been to! My favorite country that I've been to is Spain and my second favorite is Belgium. I don't speak French or Dutch, but any country with delicious food AND delicious beer is a great place. My favorite city is of course Barcelona! :)
I currently work for a non-profit in New York City and I write curriculum for several middle school programs. I have transitioned from teaching Spanish in the classroom to writing curriculum on a variety of topics - usually literacy-based themes. Lesson planning was always one of my favorite parts of teaching, so I really love my job!
I love cooking, baking, kickboxing, getting to know NYC better, working on my Tpt store, and I'm learning more about blogging! Thanks for stopping by and I hope my ideas and lessons help you out in your classroom!