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familialagoSummer 2020. White Lake, Michigan 
 

My name is Sra. Kime. I am a Spaniard who calls Tennessee home. It is a blessing to live in such a special community with my husband Matthew, and our three children. I am very proud of my heritage and my European Hispanic roots. My children are bilingual since I have spoken to them in Spanish from the time they were born, and we spend a month in Spain every summer (unfortunately not this one due to Covid-19 traveling restrictions). I am grateful that not only I get to share my language and culture with my own children, but with yours as well. Thank you for the opportunity to be your child's Spanish teacher. I am very passionate about teaching. Some of it might have to do with my upbringing since I am the daughter of educators, and I believe that education is key to ensuring that a child is able to meet their full potential. Furthermore, as technology allows different cultures and nationalities to communicate on a regular basis, and the interaction among people, companies, and governments of different nations becomes increasingly common, it is imperative that our children acquire the skills and knowledge for becoming global citizens. Learning a foreign language and developing curiosity, appreciation, and empathy towards other ways of life that differ from ours, is key in that process. I have a Bachelors in Education from 'Universidad Antonio de Nebrija' in Madrid, and a Masters in Foreign Language CAP Instruction from 'Universidad de Santiago de Compostela' in Galicia. I did my college year abroad at Kalamazoo College, Michigan, where I met my husband, and was first exposed to the English language. After moving to the U.S. permanently, I taught Spanish in 'The International School', a private school in Farmington Hills, Michigan. When we moved to Tennessee, I went through the 'Teach Tennessee' program so that my Spanish degree could be transferred to Tennessee teaching licensing norms. After a lot of work, taking all of my classes and meeting the totality of requirements, I finished it all up with a Praxis perfect score. I then was hired to teach at Oakland High School, where I had the pleasure to teach for 6 years. Three years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to teach at Central Magnet. I am extremely thankful and delighted to teach and serve at such a special place. Working with the best administration, faculty and student body in Tennessee was (and continues to be) a dream come true. I look forward to being a part of your child’s fascinating and empowering school journey.