World Languages & Cultures at GPISD

August, September, October & November 2020

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New World Languages & Cultures Facilitator

Mrs. Veronica Benzvi, M.Ed.

Given my multicultural background, my framework in education as a Bilingual / ESL and Spanish Teacher and my skills leading students, colleagues, and other stakeholders to success, I am in a great position to collaboratively lead a team to continue, diversifying, strengthening, and enhancing our Foreign Language Program. I hold a Standard Texas Teacher Certification in LOTE Spanish (EC-12) and the ESL Supplemental. In December 2019, I completed my master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UTA and, I graduated Magna Cum Laude. During my Principal Internship at my Campus, my mentors, Dr. Wendy G. Mathis, Mr. Vanleusa Ratsaphangthong, and Mr. Ethan Hoeft, provided me with excellent opportunities for leadership growth. It is right to mention that I have their blessing and support to pursue this position. I completed the Performance Assessment for School Leaders, and I applied for the Probationary Principal Certification. I should be receiving it in a few weeks. My experience as a Bilingual and Spanish Teacher and, as an Assistant Principal in Puerto Rico, provides me with the experience, preparation, skills, and strengths that are needed to successfully fulfill the responsibilities of this position. My current position as Spanish Teacher and ESL Lead Teacher at Ronald Reagan Middle School involves curriculum and exemplary lessons development with an emphasis on differentiation and inclusion. As the ESL Lead Teacher for the last 3 years, I have been able to provide training, coaching, and mentoring to the Staff with the purpose of refining strategies to support our students’ language acquisition in all 4 areas: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. I have planned, designed, and implemented a Reading Intervention Program for our ELLs that received a “Beginner” or “Intermediate” rating in their TELPAS composite score. Our students experienced remarkable growth and progress. Also, I organized a “Family Fun Night” to bring together our ESL families who represent the 14 different foreign languages spoken at our Campus. Our students, staff, and parents expressed that with these programs and initiatives, they feel more productive and in community. This Program is close to my heart because my family’s native language is a foreign language, Spanish; and one important piece of our Family Values is to intentionally develop our Cultural Competence.

Meet our LOTE Team!

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What's going on with our Department?

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

September 15th - October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month: Excellence in Education Award

GPISD Hispanic Leadership Award 2020

Stellar Lesson Plan: Hispanic Heritage Month

Stellar Lesson Plan Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Day of the Dead 2020


GPHS Teachers celebrating "Día de los Muertos"

Special Projects at GPHS: "Máscaras, Alebrijes y Talaveras"

Mrs. Gladys Hernandez, Spanish Teacher, prepared some hands-on and engaging activities for her students while learning about the Hispanic Holiday "Día de los Muertos". In-person and remote learners enjoyed creating one of those great options!

GPHS "Altar de Día de los Muertos"- 1st Place

Mrs. Mary Cavazos' students had the winning Altar dedicated to Vanessa Guillen and the 8 children who died under the custody of ICE. The altar was decorated with monarch butterflies, which are believed to usher in the spirit of the departed.

In honor to Vanessa Guillen and the children, they decided to donated the money received to "Raíces", a non-profit organization dedicated to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees.

#VivaVanessa #JusticeforVanessaGuillen #IamVanessaGuillenAct

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GPFAA's Altar

Mrs. Lena Rodriguez and a team of creative art teachers, created a wonderful "walk-in" Altar.

Mrs. Lorna Bond' Student enjoyed a guided tour through the "altares" at GPFAA... Including her virtual learners!

Lorna Bond
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For the first time, the Spanish CBE will be offered in an online format. This was a must, due to the COVID-19 risks that the traditional way of proctoring the test represents for all of us.

WHEN? from November 30th to December 4th, 2020

WHERE? at your Home Campus

Additional and focussed training will be offered on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 at 3:00pm, via Zoom.

Find additional information on the link below.

New Collaboration Partnership

The John Carl Pogue Planetarium and our World Languages and Cultures Department have started a new collaboration partnership to share resources to accomplish a mutual goal: enrich the learning experience of our students. Mr. Chris Miller is by providing the opportunity to our LOTE students to practice their Spanish and French Language skills while learning about different cultures.

This opportunity is currently available for students at SGPHS and SGPHS-EC. Mrs. Diana Deak was the first teacher to provide her students with this experience. They had a great and refreshing time learning in a different scenario. Ah! There is an alternative way to provide the material to your virtual learners!

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