I was born in Minnesota and raised in Louisiana. My mom is my role model. I would never be able to follow her as a music teacher, so teaching ELA gives me a chance to read all day, and help young minds grow!
Favorite Stores: Target, World Market, Rouse's, Trader Joe's Favorite Gift Cards: AMAZON!! Target, World Market, Trader Joe's Favorite Restaurants: DiGiulio's, Pinetta's, Chik-fil-a, J. Alexander's, Izzo's, Pho Cafe, 9 Dragon Noodle House, any place with a good burger Favorite Colors: Every shade of purple or green! Favorite Snacks: Cheese, jerky, nuts, white cheddar popcorn, fresh popcorn, chips and salsa, fruit/veggies, anything with sugar Favorite Beverages: Blue Powerade, coffee and tea (hot in the cool months, cold in the warm months) Favorite flower/plant: Peace lily, Fiddle leaf fig, Orchid Hobbies: playing with my little one, spending time at the beach, camping (the cheating kind - in cabins), reading, yoga, eating, movie-watching, disc golf, friend/family time Too Much: Floral-scented anything! Allergies: Nothing! Parent Help: Special projects, Planning field trips, School Supplies, Class Parties, Out of school (tours of the area, dinner, etc) Classroom Needs: Some wants and needs are in my Amazon classroom wish list! http://a.co/gXdmmwD FLAIM Love: The community, the hard-working students, the caring, hard-working families, and the new bonds that form each year among staff, students, and families.
Yujie Liu, Mandarin
I am from Wuhan, Hubei, China. A teacher affects eternity, she can never know where her influence stops.
Favorite Store: Target, Hobby Lobby, Costco Favorite Gift Card: Target, Hobby Lobby Favorite Restaurant: Zone Favorite Color: Green Favorite Snack: Fruit, Nuts, Chocolate Favorite Beverage: Flower water, Green tea Favorite Flowers/Plants: Any beautiful living things Hobbies: Listening Classical Music and Gardening Too Many: Lotions Parent Help: Copies, In the classroom, Special projects, Planning field trips, School Supplies, Class Parties, Out of school (tours of the area, dinner, etc) FLAIM Love: One world, One family
Favorite Stores: Target, Walmart, Whole Foods Favorite Gift Cards: Visa, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Target Favorite Restaurants: Zoes, Las Palmas, Rotolos, Canes Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Snack: Soy/wasabi Almonds Favorite Beverage: Diet Dr. Pepper Favorite Flower/Plant: Lilies Hobbies: Reading Too Many:Mugs Allergies: Nothing Parent Help: Copies & School Supplies FLAIM Love: Everything (teachers, administration, children and PTO)
Natalia Guerrero, 2nd Grade Spanish
I am originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador but was living in Italy before my parents moved my brothers and I to Baton Rouge. We left Ecuador for Italy because the economic/political situation in Ecuador was deteriorating during the late 90s. We moved to Italy because my father's family is originally from the Genoa area. From there my parents were able to obtain a greencard to move to the U.S. My brothers and I were educated in an English immersion school. We were raised bilingual (Spanish-English) from early childhood. Italian is the third language I learned and that I am fluent/literate in. I became a teacher because I have traveled and lived throughout America and Europe. I have seen and felt racism and exclusion for being a foreigner and culturally misunderstood. Also, I have experienced the benefits of being fluent in foreign languages. So, I set my personal goal to advocate for social justice and equality regardless of a person's background. In order to accomplish my goal I knew I had to start by educating our future leaders to be accepting and embracing of what's different around the world. I like to share my life experiences as a testimony that being different is great and we should all be open to learn from other cultures.
Certifications: ACTFL Member; LFLTA Board Member, Representative for District 2; EBR Instructional Leaders for Tomorrow (Cohort VII) Participant; Educational Specialist; M.Ed in Bilingual Education; Areas of teaching: Spanish K-16, ESL K-16, General Education K-6; APEL Member
Favorite Stores: Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Lush, Mignon Faget Favorite Gift Cards: Amazon, Target, Michael's, Costco Favorite Restaurants: Chimes, Southern Fish Poke', Ichiban, Salad Station, Thai Chili Favorite Colors: Royal Blue, Teal, Green Favorite Snacks: Protein Bars, Tropical Fruits, Hershey's Chocolate, Cashews, Trail Mix Favorite Drink: Coconut water, La Croix, San Pellegrino or Perrier water Favorite Plant/Flower: Roses, Succulents Hobbies: Paddle Boarding, Hiking, Exercising, Traveling Too Many: All is WELCOME!! :) Parent Love: Planning field trips, Class Parties, Out of school (tours of the area, dinner, etc) Classroom Needs: Card stock, Behind the chair organizers, Technology (iPads, Chromebooks, etc.) FLAIM Love: I love the parental support we get, I love that the students are becoming multicultural and multilingual, I really appreciate how inclusive and accepting parents, administration, and teachers are towards other cultures and languages. Last but not least, I love my job because I love YOUR beautiful and smart children.
Marie Palmiestra, Spanish
I am from Caracas, Venezuela. My love of learning makes me passionate about teaching, and also being able to interact with kids keeps me young at heart.
Certifications:Bilingual Teaching Certificate (Early Childhood - 4th grade), Houston, TX Bachelor Degree in Modern Languages, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Vzla. Graphic Design Diploma at the Art Institute of Houston, TX Master in Graphic Design and Multimedia, Art Institute TRACOR, Madrid, Spain
Favorite Stores: Trader Joe, Michaels, Hobby Lobby Favorite Gift Cards: Walmart, Target, Trader Joe Favorite Restaurants: Carraba's, Tsunami, Another Broken Egg Cafe, P.F. Chang's Favorite Color: Blue and Purple Favorite Snacks: Dove Dark Chocolate, Cheetos puffs, pistachios Favorite Beverages: Any Starbucks drink, coconut water Favorite Flower/Plant: Lilies, Tulips, Poinsettia Hobbies: Photography, crafts Too Many: Mugs & Lotion Allergies: None Parent Help: Planning field trips, School Supplies, Class Parties Classroom Needs: Crayons FLAIM Love: The international atmosphere and co-workers
Kaitlyn Maheu, French
I am from Baton Rouge. I became a teacher because I wanted to help keep French in Louisiana alive by passing it on to the next generation. I love seeing my students grow in the language!
Favorite Stores: Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe's, Ann Taylor Loft, Altard State Favorite Gift Cards: Coffee, Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe's, Amazon Favorite Restaurants: Counter Culture, Fresh Kitchen, Rotolo's Favorite Color: Turquoise Favorite Snacks: Popcorn, hummus and veggies, anything peppermint and chocolate Favorite Beverage: Iced Coffee Favorite Flower/Plant: Chrysanthemums, mint Hobbies: Gymnastics, yoga, reading, biking, going to baseball games Too Many:Lotions, pencils Allergies: None Parent Help: Copies, In the classroom, Planning field trips, School Supplies, Class Parties Classroom Needs: Personal white boards for students, Teacher Pay Teacher gift cards FLAIM Love: I love that there are so many languages being spoken at once. It's so cool to walk down the hall and hear the students speaking!