This past semester, 18 Hamilton students taught Spanish to students at Clinton Elementary School. These Hamilton students attended a two-day training workshop prior to beginning the program to learn about teaching methods and share ideas for activities. The program began on February 9 and continued until the end of April. This year, for the first time, the program was conducted outside of the classroom, during recess, to allow a more interactive and immersive experience for the children.
Throughout the program, Hamilton students prepared different types of activities including games, worksheets, and lessons, and worked with the children in groups once a week. Each group consisted of students from a different grade, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies Maria Portal, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Christine Fernández, Emily Hess ’16, and Lindsay Heyer ’17 coordinated the program. This semester concludes the third year of the program.
The Hamilton volunteers include Ian Brown ‘17, Emily Morris ‘17, Brian Maldonado ‘18, Tyler Hagedorn ‘18, Lindsay Heyer ‘17, Alec Talsania ‘17, Fletcher Sherrod ‘18, Jeremiah Lowe ‘15, Ashleigh Stephan ‘15, Diane Aguilar ‘18, Courtney Anderson ‘15, Cindy Li ‘17, Rebecca DeTurk ‘17, Emily Hess ‘16, Fabio Velasquez, Rosalie Campbell ‘18, Natasha Espinosa ‘18, and Katja Dunlap ‘18.