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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. She recently completed her second Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership with a concentration in English as a Second Language from Rowan University. Currently, she is obtaining her certification in Supervision. Elena is dedicated to lifelong learning and is an avid traveler, as she enjoys immersing herself in new languages and cultures around the world.

As an educator, 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 in all of her classes. As a world language teacher, Elena is determined to open her students’ eyes to the power a new language holds. She hopes to develop not only her students’ language skills but also their cultural and global awareness.

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