Interview with a Teacher – Mrs. Mirda

Mrs. MirdaTeaches: Spanish III, Spanish III Honors, Spanish IV Honors, and AP Spanish; HTEA World Language Department Chair

Degree: Bachelors in Education with a minor in Spanish Language and English (aka “ Especialidad en lengua española e inglés”)

School: la Escuela Universitaria del Profesorado de Educación General Básica in de Toledo , Spain

What is the most important life lesson you want a child to learn in your classroom?
Learning another language and culture in today’s world is very beneficial, rewarding, and necessary; it expands opportunities for success. It’s important to express yourself, but always showing respect and tolerance of different cultures, opinions and ideas.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
The importance of having an open mind, perseverance and acceptance. Whenever you think something is difficult to obtain, keep trying, practice, work hard and you will achieve. Never judge people superficially, search for the inner person,

Most of all, I try to instill in them a love for the Spanish language and the rich culture.

What are some of your interests and passions outside of the classroom?
I like to walk, ride my bicycle, go to the beach, travel, read, and be with friends and family, especially my granddaughters.

What was your first paying job?
Teaching first grade in “Las Terciarias” a private Catholic school in Toledo, Spain. Like Holy Trinity, it had an excellent reputation for academics and student success.

What experiences or people had the most influence on you?
My Dad is the person who most deeply influenced me. He always taught me to follow my dreams. He made me understand the meaning of being honest, respectful and tolerant of other’s opinions and beliefs. His ethical lessons in working hard and the commitment of oneself to the career you choose regardless of the pay or hardships gave me life long values.

Also, leaving my home country of Spain markedly changed my life. It opened my mind to a new world of living. I realized the importance of learning about different cultures, and most of all learning another language at a young age.

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