My Dear Students:
Welcome to 5to. Bachillerato! You are the senior class of 2016! I hope you have a wonderful experience as you go through your last year of school. This will be a year of mixed feelings, take my word for it, but try to enjoy this wonderful experience as much as you can! You are almost done climbing the hill, and a very steep one, where dedication and hard work have played an important role. Keep in mind that these qualities made it possible for you to be sitting here today and will allow you to reach the first of many goals: GRADUATION!
If you ask me what goals I have set for this class, I would simply answer, “Improve your English reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills, so if you decide to take the TOEFL exam at the end of the year, it will be a piece of cake.” It sounds easy, right? But it will require commitment from both sides. Why commitment? The only way your English is going to improve is if you come prepared to class, having read all the assignments and studied for any evaluation scheduled on your calendar. Practice makes perfect, and in order to loosen your tongue in class, you must try to participate actively in class discussions. I also want you to work on your own set of values; I personally believe that honesty and integrity should play an important role in anyone’s life, and if you allow them to become part of who you are, part of your essence, then you become a better human being. So, what do I want from you? The answer is pretty simple: If there is ever a time when you didn’t do what you had to, you will have the integrity to not hand in a worksheet you copied here in school. I expect you to write “I did not read” on a check quiz and accept the consequences for such action, rather than have a classmate tell you what the reading assignment was about. I also expect you not to cheat on a test. I, on the other hand, promise to lead by example and trust you and believe in you. I will work hard to make every class as interesting as possible, to return graded work on time, to assess your progress, and guide you through the learning process. I will be a 100% committed to you; I will not settle for minimum effort, and I expect you to work hard and always do your best! Please, don’t let me down because I have very high expectations!
I’ve been teaching for quite a few years now; teaching has always been a part of my life. I started teaching right after I graduated from high school, but as I pursued a career as a broker, I gave it up. I came back to teaching as soon as my kids were old enough; I guess that deep inside I always knew that teaching was my calling. I consider myself lucky, lucky enough to be doing what I am passionate about because it is a rare opportunity.
When it comes to my personal life, you must know that I am the proud mother of two children. I have a twenty-year-old daughter and a fifteen-year-old son, and they are my pride and joy! I’ve been married for twenty-three years to a wonderful man who is not only my best friend but the love of my life. At home I have two dogs, well, one is my daughter’s, the other I inherited from my son, but I love Maggie and Lola to death. I love to read and I’ve been doing Crossfit for three years now; I also play softball on Saturdays. I was born and raised here in Guatemala, but my parents believed that it was important to improve my English, so I was sent to Chicago (at the end of every school year) to live with relatives, where I attended school with my cousins. When I was young, I viewed the first trips as punishment because I never had any time off from school, but now I treasure the wonderful opportunity I was given because English has placed me in a privileged position.
I hope that we build a wonderful relationship this year, and that I will somehow encourage you to become the best version of yourself. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to convey my love of reading to you and to see you accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. Enjoy 2016 and make it an amazing and exciting year!
My kindest regards,