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Principal: Melanie Mierzwa

An IB World School

Principal: Melanie Mierzwa

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Sarah Peacock

Spanish Teacher
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About Me

How many years have you been doing your job? How many years at Riffenburgh?: 

I have been teaching Spanish for 21 years: First as a middle school teacher in Maryland; this is my 13th year at Riffenburgh. 

What I love most about teaching is…: 

so many things!  But especially the moments when kids become spontaneous with using their Spanish.  I love to see that recognition that the language is a part of them, a way to express their unique selves,  not just words to memorize.  Outside of the language aspect,  I truly love getting to know so many great kids and having the chance to teach them year after year.

My favorite children's book or author is...: 

I am an avid reader and loved so many books as a kid.  Too hard to pick a favorite!

My hometown is...: 

Monkton, Maryland -  where I grew up on a farm and enjoyed singing to cows.

My Interests & Hobbies include...: 

gardening, reading (in both Spanish and English) baking and cooking, biking and hiking.  I love snowshoeing and am trying to get more into cross-country skiing so I can enjoy the Colorado winters as much as the summers!

About My Classroom: 

Every student at Riffenburgh takes Spanish - yay!  We focus on "losing the fear and developing the ear" through songs, games, dialogues, skits and cultural explorations.  I am following the Comprehensible Input (CI) method of teaching language that focuses on key vocabulary heard over and over in context until students "acquire" it to their long-term memory.  In practice, CI is full of stories, movie-talks, acting our skits, singing songs and sharing in the fun!

PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.