I’ve learned some Latin, German, French, and Pig Latin (yes, really!) in my life, but the need for Spanish language skills has grown tremendously in my community and profession in recent years.
I have the privilege of teaching in a high-needs Title 1 school, and I’ve been wanting to better support our students and their families. This desire led me to Chattanooga School of Language in the fall of 2019. I signed up for a True Beginner Spanish group class, but I ended up withdrawing.
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I truly wanted to learn; but I think, at that time, I was too stressed and doing it primarily for myself instead of for others.
To really start learning Spanish, I had to get to a point where learning was doable in the long-term, a priority, and purposeful.
I came back to CSL in early 2021, starting with semi-private lessons with Janet. Since then, I’ve taken group classes with Liz and more private lessons with Janet. At the beginning of 2022, I became a proud CSL member!
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a lot in language learning.
I make tons of progress, and I feel great! Then some days, it feels incredibly hard again. But CSL is grounding for me.
One of the most common questions I get from people is: “Why are you spending your money at CSL instead of using an online platform like Duolingo, etc. It’s just as good, isn’t it?”
I always tell them, “No, it’s not!”
The value of CSL is in having a teacher who gets to know you, works with you where you are, and provides holistic support that actually helps you reach your goals.
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and helped me find exactly what I need that I can immediately apply in my everyday life.
Now, when I’m at work, Spanish-speaking students who aren’t even in my class run up to me wanting to share something with me in Spanish. The relationships being built with these students will only grow and deepen as a result of the added connection of language. I’m even able to chat with Spanish-speaking parents during dismissal, as well as at school functions and events. This means the world to me.
Learning Spanish with CSL has given me new opportunities in other areas of my life too. I’ve been an avid kayaker for decades, and I’ve recently begun working with another kayak instructor who happens to be a native Spanish speaker. In the summer, we co-teach Intro to Kayaking classes for Spanish speakers in the Atlanta area, helping to bridge language barriers while training people in new kayaking safety skills.
My world is expanding more than I ever expected. I could not be happier!