Hola y bienvenidos a mi clase de espanol!
Sra. V, Ms. Vogelsong, Ms. V...
A bit about me:
My fascination with world cultures and travel kicked into high gear when I visited a pen pal in Spain during high school. It drove me crazy not understanding the language, and it blew my mind how different, yet similar, teenagers were in Europe. I returned home determined not to let my red hair and pale skin keep me from becoming fluent in the Spanish language and cultures.
While studying international relations in Washington, D.C., I lived in Venezuela for a a semester, eating tons of plantains and arepas. This left me 30 pounds heavier and witih a desire to travel more throughout in Latin America. Since then, I have spent time in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. I also still travel regularly to Spain and Puerto Rico.
After a 10-year career as an award-winning journalist, I went back to school and became certified to teach Spanish. I took my first group of students to Puerto Rico in 2011, then introduced another bunch to the wonders of Barcelona and Madrid in 2012. In 2015, I began leading student trips for a company called Students Love Travel. Last year, I started working with EF High School Exchange Year to find local host families willing to open their homes to high-school students from Europe and Asia who want to spend a year going to an American high school.
Before coming to spend my mornings at STHS, I worked as a Spanish interpreter on Penn State Health's Hershey Medical Center campus. I regularly bribe my half-Mexican nieces to speak Spanish in their English-dominated world.
In addition to getting high school students excited about learning another language and traveling, my skill set includes riding donkeys through the Andes mountains, salsa dancing, running through downpours on Caribbean islands, and finding the best food in any town.
I also run a Pampered Chef business -- leading and training a group of entrepreneurs and teaching people how to create healthy, fast and delicious mealtime memories for their friends and families.
My proudest accomplishment is talking my sister and brother-in-law into getting a passport for my 9-year-old niece, then whisking said 9-year-old out of the country, sparking a lifelong love of travel and new experiences in a kid so adventurous she won't even eat pizza. I hope to do the same for your student!