Spanish - Lasater (K- 8th)



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Hi and welcome to my Spanish website! I'm excited to share my love of the Spanish
language with your child/children this year at RMAE.  A little bit "About Me:" I grew
up in Pennsylvania with my twin sister, Cathy, my other sister, Linda and my brother, Paul
and moved here to CO 14 years ago (and am never leaving!).
I have three children: Bella, 9th grade, Rowan, 6th grade and Everett, 3rd grade. We have been up in Evergreen for 4 years now and I find myself asking myself why I waited so long to move up here! I also have a dog named Joe Joe, who is 5 and had a German Shepherd named Titan, who was 15 years old when he went to doggie Heaven last summer...

Yearssss ago, I earned my B.S. in Criminal Justice from Penn State (WE ARE!) after 
5 years. I studied Spanish for a semester in college and, before Penn State, studied 4 
years of Spanish in high school. It wasn't until my career as a Border Patrol Agent in
2000 that my Spanish really started to flourish! I attended their academy in Charleston
South Carolina for five long months, intensely studying over 200 hours of the Spanish 
language along with other courses, such as immigration, criminal and nationality law in 
addition to firearms training (I proudly graduated as a marksman).

After 5 months, I was stationed in Willcox, Arizona, where I worked with the Spanish
population and was immersed in the Spanish culture on a daily basis. I worked down on
the border of Mexico during 9/11 and responded to sensors in the desert daily. While this
was a fantastic experience, my heart was in the teaching field and I decided to pursue my dream of being a Spanish teacher. 

After the Border Patrol, I returned to school and received my Spanish certification after
2 years, while substitute teaching in the meantime. I taught high school in PA for 2 years, before relocating to CO, where I decided to stay at home to raise my three children.
I returned to teaching Spanish five years ago and am excited to share my Spanish knowledge with my students at RMAE.

Outside of school, I enjoy the outdoors and hiking with my three children (or by myself =-))
Last summer, I completed my FIRST 14er (Mt. Bierstadt)! It was awesome and I can't wait to do another one soon! I am also a Group Fitness teacher at Anytime Fitness in Conifer (well, actually I was pre-Covid) where I teach a Body Pump class and enjoy getting a much-needed workout in.

You may also see me running the hardcore hills in my neighborhood or hiking and or running Three Sisters. I also enjoy doing box jumps up the Red Rocks stairs!!  The outdoors are so beautiful here in CO and I am very grateful to be able to have them as my "backyard."