Third Grade Teacher
Name: Claudia Alvarez
Education: B.S. Elementary Education from National-Louis University
Where were you born and raised? I was born in Newburgh, NY. I lived there until I was 14. At that time my family moved to Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic, where I finished elementary school, and then high school.
Position and start year at IAMS: Temporarily assigned third grade teacher in 2011. Started as a day-to-day subsitute in 2010.
Why are you in education? I love children and watching their faces light up when they've learned something new. That Aha moment look is proceless!
What are your hobbies and interests? I love to travel, needlework, cook and read.
What are the traits you admire most in others? Honesty, courage and caring.
What profession, other than education, could you also see yourself doing? I actually have another profession, in which I have worked for more than 20 years: the hospitality industry.
Who has been the largest influence on your life? My parents.
Where did you learn Spanish/English? I am the first person in my family to be born outside of Argentina. So, I learned my "other" ( I can't call it my second language because I learned it simultaneously with English as an infant) at home.
What attracted you to a dual-language program? I wish that I could have participated in a dual language program growing up. Learning and dominating another language other than English is a necessity in today's global world.
What do you think is the greatest benefit of being bilingual? Being able to meet people from other cultures and having meaningful conversations with them.
What is the main challenge of teaching/working in a dual-language school? Forgetting what language we are using in the classroom at any given time.