la clase de españoL

con Señora Johnson

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."

~ Nelson Mandela

Language acquisition and proficiency

This is a proficiency-based class. Proficiency means internalizing the language, not just memorizing vocabulary and grammar points. Gaining proficiency levels means being able to communicate messages more effectively. We are more focused on acquiring the language (unconsciously going through the process of understanding and communicating through social interaction) as opposed to learning the language (consciously learning language structure and vocabulary). Our goal is to end Spanish 1 at the Novice-Mid level.


About me

I am originally from the Bay Area, California but spent a great portion of my adult life living in Brooklyn, New York. I began teaching in 2008 at a bilingual transitional high school for Latino newcomers. I absolutely loved working with my students as they had the opportunity to learn Global history in their native language, Spanish, within my classroom. I taught a combination of Humanities (Global History and native language arts Spanish) and Spanish Native Language Arts to ninth and tenth graders at the same school until I moved to Houston, TX nine years later. Upon relocating to Houston, I worked as a 2nd grade dual language (Spanish) teacher for all subjects at a dual language charter school. I love language learning and language education and believe children, as well as adults, are capable of language learning if placed in the proper context.

Phone: 713-814-7200 (x7284)


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in History/Minor in Spanish- University of California, Riverside

M.A. in African Diaspora History - New York University

M.A. in Spanish - Lehman College, City University of New York

Texas teaching certification - Spanish K-12

Materials needed for class:

  • Composition Notebook

  • Pencils/pens

  • Folder (for collection of papers distributed)

  • Headphones/earbuds

Materials suggested for class:

  • Loose leaf composition paper

  • Scissors

  • Colored pencils/markers

  • Ruler

  • Pack of glue sticks

Donations for classroom (not mandatory but freely welcomed):

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Paper towels

  • Tissue

Más información

School, Classroom and Foreign Language Learning Resources

Link to Syllabus Found Below

Google Classroom (for class, homework and project assignments)

Remind (communication tool for students and parents)

I will be inviting all students into their prospective Google classrooms, however below, you have been provided with the codes. Each Classroom also has its own Google Meet link to be used as needed.

Please text the following codes according to your (your child’s) schedule to the #81010

Período 1 - @profeaj1

Período 3 - @profeaj3

Período 4 - @profeaj4

Período 5 - @profeaj5

Período 6 - @profeaj6

Período 7 - @profeaj7