The December Dual Language Teacher of the Month, Ms. Margarita Parker, hangs her teacher shingle at Edison Language Institute in Sacramento, California, where she teaches first grade.
Ms. Parker was born and raised in Columbia, where she attended a bilingual school. Her passion for becoming an educator was ignited when she was a young school girl in Columbia. She recalls that even as a young school girl, she knew that she would become an educator,
I knew in my heart that teaching was for me. I always dreamed to have my own classroom and students. I role-played with my cousins pretending I was their teacher
The path to becoming an educator took a slight detour when she moved to United States, when she began working on a degree in Programming. She quickly changed gears to education to fulfill her childhood dream. As a Liberal Arts major, she decided to focus on becoming a bilingual educator so that she could inspire the children in her community. She wanted them to know that being bilingual makes a person unique, helps to open doors in the future, and allows one to learn about other cultures.
In her classroom, she shares her own life experiences of learning to be bilingual and bilterate with her students. She hopes that her own experiences inspire them to fully embrace becoming bilingual and biliterate. She greatly enjoys teaching in her native language of Spanish. Her principal shared the following observation about Ms. Parker,
Maestra Parker is an outstanding teacher who truly exemplifies the essence and spirit of bilingualism and dual language education
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