Teachin' Spanish For America

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 12 2011

Hola/Bienvenido :)

Hello to all of you!

There were some technical glitches it seems, but I am so happy to finally be able to introduce myself as a member of the 2011 Newark TFA Corps!  At this point, I’m told I’ll be teaching Spanish, but that’s about all the information that I have.  Within the next few weeks I will be re-posting my “actual” journal entry that I wrote about the time I was admitted, because I think it’s important for me to get those raw emotions out into the larger world so I don’t lose them.

This website was a huge factor in deciding to apply to and ultimately accept the offer from Teach For America.  I appreciated the honest input and differing opinions and it’s largely a result of these words that I’m packing up and heading into Newark after graduation in the spring.  It’s therefore important to me to pay it forward, and I sincerely hope to be able to keep this blog up as I work through the challenges of my two year commitment.

So, I’ll re-post that journal entry, and then I’ll post sporadically to keep everyone updated in the lead-up to institute in the City.  I know I’ll be receiving a certain packet in the mail soon, and I’ll be taking some tests, and I’ll want to tell you ALL about it ;)

Until then, just know that I’m excited for this opportunity, and the opportunity for conversation that this website presents!


8 Responses

  1. Wess

    Could NOT be more excited to have you! Go 2011!

    • heikemarie

      Thanks so much! (:

  2. Seema

    I’m also a newly accepted 2011 Newark Corps Member! Just found out yesterday :) So excited!

    • heikemarie

      Ahhh congratulations! Looking SO forward to meeting you :) Add me on facebook! It’s my handle here but with a space between my first and middle name. Congrats again, do you know what you’re teaching and are you planning on blogging here?

      • Seema

        Wow, I never actually saw this reply (and even forgot I replied until now). I might start blogging once institute hits but then again, from what I hear, there may not be much time. I’ll definitely add you on facebook :)

  3. Marissa

    I’m also going to be joining the TFA Newark 2011 Corps as a Spanish teacher. Have you registered for/taken any of the required tests yet? I’m kinda nervous!

  4. Roberto

    Hola I teach Spanish at college level and I am a native speakers of Spanish. Maybe I could help with resources. We may share links, materials and so on.

    • Gracias por la oferta, but I teach 6 and 7 year olds. I’m not sure what sorts of resources you’re thinking of, but I’m not sure they would be mutually beneficial!

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