Paula Rios

At DualLanguageSchools.org, we honor teachers monthly who have made a huge difference in the Dual Language community. We reach out to parents, administrators, fellow teachers, to nominate stand-out members of their community who make a difference in the lives of aspiring Bilingual citizens.

Paula Rios is no exception to this, she is someone who exemplifies the characteristics that we need in a Dual Language teacher. We were recommended to Paula because of her phenomenal teaching ability, as told by the parents of the students’ whom she inspires. Paula is someone who goes above and beyond to ensure that all of her students meet their goals; by taking extra time to send weekly report cards to parents while maintaining constant communication with parents, demonstrates an exceptional knowledgeable and understanding of the benefits of dual immersion programs, via her implementation within her classroom strategies. This is why we are honored to have Paula Rios as our December Teacher of the Month.

Teacher of the Month - Paula Rios

How long have you been involved in education?

I have always been involved in Education. I began working as a tutor in high school and throughout my college years. As a student teacher, I was exposed to different grade levels. I worked for a Tutoring Company making sure students received extra help. I have now been at Laton Elementary for over 3 years teaching third grade students.

My favorite part of being a teacher is that I get to make a difference in students’ lives on a daily. They will take these skills and incorporate them in their adult lives.

What was your biggest influence in becoming an educator?

As an elementary student, I had amazing teachers. As an EL student the extra time spent really made a difference in whom I have become.

How did you arrive at Laton Elementary?

In 2005, I completed my final student teaching in Laton. I was amazed by the program and I never forgot about the experience I had there. Once I was ready to begin teaching I reached out to the principal about openings for the following school year. She told me there was an immediate opening for third grade. I was then hired to teach third grade and I have been in the same class for 4 years since May 2015.

What is your favorite part of being a teacher?

My favorite part of being a teacher is that I get to make a difference in students’ lives on a daily. They will take these skills and incorporate them in their adult lives.

Continue reading to see more about how Paula Rios inspires her students…

What do you think makes your classroom stand out?

Our goal for the school year is for my students to be responsible, accountable and independent. I tell them this is their job and they need to show great job performance to earn good grades. I think this makes my class stand out from the rest of the classrooms.

How do you challenge student performance/creativity outside of the classroom?

I challenge my students to think outside the box. I remind them there is no one way to solve problems to find the right answer. We also started Multiplication Club in which students practice and test on multiplication problems beginning on the first day of school and then at their own speed. Once we begin our multiplication math unit in November they have all their facts memorized.

I challenge my students to think outside the box. I remind them there is no one way to solve problems to find the right answer.

Which three words would you use to describe your students?

Respectful, Hardworking, Friends

What does biliteracy mean to you?

Biliteracy means that you can communicate with two groups of people in two different languages.

How have you helped your students understand the value of biliteracy?

I explain to my students once they are adults and they are working they will be worth two people since they can communicate with more groups of people.

What kind of impact do you see your students having in the world?

I see my group of students being leaders and hardworking members of society speaking in two languages.

What kind of impact do you hope to have on your students?

I hope my students know how to think critically and enjoy using Spanish on a daily basis.

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