Degrees and Certifications:
A.A General Studies- Galveston College B.S. Psychology- University of Houston LOTE SPANISH EC-12
Ms. Alma Marines
My name is Alma Marines and I have been teaching at Collegiate academy for almost 4 years. As a Spanish teacher at Collegiate Academy, I believe that a key element in learning a foreign language is to keep students motivated. My personal style of teaching brings enthusiasm and cultural elements into the classroom to increase learning motivation. Teaching my native Spanish language enables me to draw upon my own culture and personal experience as a foreign language learner as I teach my students to effectively communicate with me in my own language and, perhaps more importantly, to gain an appreciation for another language and culture.
My objective as a teacher is to motivate my students toward a level of independence where they develop a desire to learn and think for themselves. To reach this end, I rely upon many activities that involve a total physical response (TPR) by the students. For instance, instead of just reading about salsa, cumbia, and bachata and listening to the music, my students will have the opportunity to learn a few steps and sing the songs, engaging in the action as they learn both Spanish language skills and elements of Hispanic/Latino culture. Through this type of active participation, students learn and form their own opinions and base of knowledge.
I am a proud BOI. I have three handsome teenage boys: Roger, Jonathan, and Jeremiah. I love spending time with them and I especially love to watch them play their sports. My hobbies include photography, blogging, writing music, and cooking/baking. I graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and in May of 2018 I will obtain a Master's degree in School Counseling.