Welcome back LOWLT !
It was so nice to see many of you at the August Inservice and some very recently at site visits! For those of you I haven’t met yet, I am Amanda Hajji, the new World Languages Teacher Support Specialist. While I am new to this role, I am not new to Lexington One or world languages. I have taught varying levels of French I-V at Lexington High School for eight years where I was also adviser of the yearbook. Currently, I am serving my fourth year on the SCFLTA executive board where I have also had the opportunity to advocate for world languages with the ACTFL-NCSSFL team on Capitol Hill.
I believe that every child deserves to come to a class where they feel welcomed and loved. Every teacher deserves to have the resources and time to be able to provide such a classroom environment. My goal is to make sure that each of you has the support and resources you need in order to reach your classroom and professional goals. I am particularly passionate about sharing ideas and working with colleagues to come up with communicative activities that promote team-building in a multicultural classroom, using technology in the classroom, virtual exchanges, interpersonal games, and creating authentic experiences for students.
You might have heard that we hosted our very first district wide Immersion Summer Camp in July: Passport to Adventure. Special thanks to our LOWLT team who taught at the camp: Adela Rivera, Birte Wachtel, Myriam Grandjean, Cal Coggins, Martha Rapio, Neyibeth Gonzalez Briceno, Alexandra Gutierrez, Sandra Sancho Quesada, Yongmei Yang, Yi Zheng, Marcy Hite and Yrvin Canelo! We had 209 students studying all four immersion languages (Chinese, French, German, and Spanish) under one roof. There were 5 Spanish classes, 3 German, 2 French, and 2 Chinese. It was such a great success, we are already planning for next year! We'd especially like to see more involvement from MS and HS immersion students as classroom helpers. Let me know in the Spring if you have students interested in volunteering for the Summer of 2020! Check out pictures and performances here.
Please check back here for updates and classroom highlights. We want to share the awesome things you and your language learners are doing so please keep us posted! If you would like me to come out to your school, would like to submit a guest blog for Voices From the Field, or need to reach me, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in my office at 803-821-1054. I look forward to hearing from you.
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)