Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Currently, I work at an Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District as a data/curriculum coach, World Language Consultant, Title III/ELL coordinator. Before that I worked at Kent ISD as a Curriculum Alignment Specialist, and before that, at Widefield High School as a Spanish I and II teacher. I am studying for my Master's Degree in Educational Technology at Grand Valley State University. I am a wife and mother of four and am an Amputee Empowerment Partners certified peer coach in my "free time".
My education includes a 7-12 language arts teaching degree, as well as a K-12 ESL endorsement. Currently, I am working in the special education field in a western suburb of Minneapolis, both as a teacher for behaviorally challenging middle schoolers and as a paraprofessional. I have also been an adult ESL volunteer/tutor for Hopkins Adult Education for 2 1/2 years (focusing on lower level learners & struggling readers), as well as more recently functioning as a substitute teacher there. I teach piano to six students and am active as a 3rd-6th grade AWANA leader in our church, as well as being the electronic keyboardist on our worship team. Prior to becoming a teacher/tutor/educator, I specialized in the field of desktop publishing/printing for 15 years. My passion is working with struggling readers, and I am considering pursuing a K-12 Reading License in the near future.
I am a high school Spanish teacher.
My name is Kristin Pontarelli and I am a Spanish teacher at East Greenwich High School in East Greenwich, RI. I currently teach Spanish 1, 2, 4 and 5. I received my undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Delaware. I also received my Masters degree from the University of Delaware in Spanish Language and Literatures (concentration in Peninsular Literature). While doing my graduate work, I was fortunate enough to be a visiting scholar and I taught English for Specific Purposes at la Universidad de Granada, in Granada, Spain. I first became interested in flipping my classes when I saw a Sophia webinar hosted by Crystal Kirch. I started slowly and in one month was fast and furiously making tutorials and not looking back! I love to incorporate my tutorials, Google Forms, Google Voice and other authentic language resources in my daily routine. I started a blog at kpontarelli.blogspot.com, in which I detail my journey through my flipping experience. I have worked hard to flip my classes, but I can't go back! I see such benefits from flipping my classes and now wouldn't do it any other way! I hope you find my tutorials useful! Kristin