Spanish Teacher Bios

 


Your child’s elementary Spanish teacher is Nicole Willenburg


About Nicole: I grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and attended Minnesota State University in Mankato. I graduated with a BS in Spanish Education in May of 2014, and I am just starting my first year in the Hopkins District.

I love teaching Spanish because you get to see how quickly the elementary students progress in their language learning. They pick it up soquickly at younger ages, and it's incredible to be part of this process.

Learning a second language is so important because it opens your mind up to ways of thinking you might not have used before, and it helps you understand your primary language that much more.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling and being outdoors, singing, and spending time with friends and family.

Find my Moodle page by putting my name in the  Hopkins Public Schools website search engine.


Your child’s elementary Spanish teacher is Jean Reichow

 

About Jean: I graduated from Mankato with a degree in Elementary Education with a Spanish specialty. I have lived in Costa Rica and Spain, and I have taught Spanish in various schools, including Gatewood Elementary from 1996-1999. I am glad to be back at Hopkins Public Schools!

I love teaching Spanish because kindergarteners are such a delight to teach, and they have a wonderful love of languages.

Learning a second language is so important because we live in a global society and the younger the students are, the easier it is for them to learn a second language. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, going for walks, bike rides, and scrapbooking. 

Find my Moodle page by putting my name in the  Hopkins Public Schools website search engine. 



Your child’s elementary Spanish teacher is Annalisa Andre 


About Annalisa: I grew up in Minneapolis and received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After graduating, I moved to Spain and spent three years teaching English at a public school in Madrid. I attended the University of Minnesota to earn my teaching license, and I am enjoying my first year as part of the Hopkins School District. 

I love teaching Spanish because I enjoy challenging students and then witnessing "ah-ha" moments every day in the classroom. An important aspect of teaching a foreign language are the songs, dances, rhymes, skits, and games, which allow for fun, energetic lessons.

Learning a second language is so important because meaningful language learning is a part of cultural learning. Learning a second language is important, and gives us a special key to better explore and understand cultures beyond our own. 

In my spare time I enjoy running around Lake Calhoun and eating cheese and crackers.

Find my Moodle page by putting my name in the  Hopkins Public Schools website search engine. 


Your child’s elementary Spanish teacher is Laura Levesque


About Laura: I grew up in Edina and attended Edina French Immersion School. I got my BA in French and Spanish from the University of St. Catherine, and my MA in K-12 Education in World Languages in French and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas. This is my second year working for Hopkins Public Schools in the FLES program. Prior to working here I taught fourth- grade at a Spanish/Chinese Immersion School.

I love teaching Spanish because I get to incorporate culture and music. It's amazing to see how much the children have already learned, and see them excited to use the language.

Learning a second language is so important because it makes you open-minded and globally minded. It gives you opportunities to connect with people from different cultures and it gave me the opportunity to travel around the world.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and anything that has to do with the outdoors. I love to read, and spend time with my family and friends.

Find my Moodle page by putting my name in the  Hopkins Public Schools website search engine.