Gretchen Downey Martin 

Teacher of Spanish  


Philosophy of Teaching

Sample Lesson Plans 

Student Project - Álbum de Fotos

Sample Thematic Unit 

Integrated Performance Assessment 

Technology-Based Cultural Activity 

As a master's degree candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, I intend to use this site as an online portfolio, a collection of some of my work as a graduate student and as a teacher, as well as some samples of student work*.  

I have strong teaching experience at the secondary level. Currently I am teaching Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 at Central High School, which is a large academic magnet school in the School District of Philadelphia.   With excellent evaluations from my supervising faculty members, I assume full teaching responsibilities for an additional section of Spanish 1 shortly.   I also have extensive experience tutoring middle and high school students in all levels of Spanish skills.

I also have experience working in Development and Alumni Relations in Baltimore independent schools, having worked for two years with St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville.  These experiences confirmed my passion for work in independent schools and the teaching profession. 

I hope that this portfolio will serve as an introduction to my abilities as a teacher and my dedication to the teaching of the Spanish language.  


*All student work is used with permission and anonymously.