I’m Jeryl Julian Cissé, the Spanish teacher at Leland and Gray, arriving here in 2007.  I love learning about and from other people, their languages, cultures and societies, and sharing what I’ve learned with others.  Students in my classes develop the ability to communicate in Spanish, and learn about Hispanic and other world cultures.   My methods of teaching focus on lots of student participation and practice, using, among some of the many experiential learning activities, role plays, interviews, small talk,  situational discussions and games. I also love grammar; learning it, understanding it, and teaching it so my students get it too!

I teach levels I-IV of Spanish, plus Advanced Studies as a class or as an Independent Study, as well as preparation for Advanced Placement or CLEP exams.

I enjoy working with teens and their developing world views.  Class conversations often take on a global and local, social focus.  I am an advocate of youth awareness and activism, and help facilitate Civic Leadership Education and Action or CLEA, a student-run organization with a mission to participate in promoting social justice.

I have a Master’s degree from The School for International Training (VT) in teaching Spanish and English (as a Second Language), and my Undergraduate study was in Anthropology, at Marlboro College (VT).  I have lived and taught abroad in Spain and Senegal, West Africa, and have had the good fortune to travel to many other countries.  I have led student trips abroad to Spain, where we stay in a village outside of Granada, going to the local high school and spending nearly a week in the lives and families of local teens. Later we continue on exploring the country for another week.  A trip is organized on alternate years with the French department.

Parents and students are highly encouraged to contact me with any questions, comments or feedback. By the way, students often refer to me as Señora Jota (J in Spanish, but pronounced like "hota").

 Hasta pronto!

Contact Information

Jeryl Julian Cissé
365-7355, ext. 202