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Elena Spathis

High School Spanish Teacher

Elena Spathis is a high school teacher of Spanish in New Jersey. She is dually certified to teach Spanish and English as a second language. Elena earned her bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and modern Greek studies, as well as a master’s of education degree in language education from Rutgers University. Currently, she is pursuing a second master’s degree in teacher leadership, with a concentration in English as a second language.

In particular, Elena is passionate about lesson design, and her goal is to create culturally focused lessons that incorporate technology effectively. She aims to promote the use of authentic materials, particularly in novice-level courses. As a world language teacher, Elena is determined to open her students’ eyes to the power a new language holds.