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Isabel Mendoza nació en Cali (Colombia) una ciudad famosa por la alegría y el ambiente festivo de sus ciudadanos. Los colombianos llaman a Cali “la sucursal del cielo” y una de las mayores atracciones turísticas de...
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Anne Smieszny Silva is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was a synchronized swimmer for eight years. She began learning Spanish in middle school. She earned Bachelor’s degrees with Honors from the Ohio State...
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Patricia Acosta is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where at age 8 she began to show her passion for education by teaching math to her (often unwilling) friends, classmates, neighbors and pets with the help...
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Mario A. Nuñez loves Madrid… and when in Madrid, he does what the Madrileños do…eat tapas “con locura”! Somehow he also finds time to go to the museums and cultural sites…
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Angela Padron is originally from Freehold, New Jersey where she grew up in a bicultural household. She had the best of both worlds learning about her mother’s English heritage and her father’s...
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María Treviño loves to travel. Visiting Spanish-speaking countries brings her greatest satisfaction. It’s impossible for her to choose one location as each city has its own special attraction. She loves to...
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Evelyn Silva nació en la pequeña y hermosa ciudad de Cienfuegos, situada en el centro-sur de la isla de Cuba. Amante del olor del mar y del sonido de las olas al chocar con los muros, Evelyn emigró a...

"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."

- Stephen King

May 29 ¡Únete a nuestro club de lectura! - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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El lápiz del carpintero

Estamos súper contentos de iniciar nuestro primer club de lectura, y para éste hemos seleccionado una novela del escritor español Manuel Rivas, El lápiz del carpintero.

Acompáñanos a disfrutar de esta historia de amor.

May 28 2014 FBISD Bilingual Spelling Competition - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Congratulations to the

2014 FBISD Bilingual Spelling Bee


FBISD Spelling Bee

May 27 You Are Inspiring - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Teacher's Help People Bloom

Anne Silva

In the last post, I talked about the teacher who inspired me, and I asked you about the teachers who inspired you. (Check it out here.) Did that get you strolling down memory lane?

When you need a little pep talk about why you chose this line of work (in May, don’t we all need one of these pretty much daily?!), take a minute to reflect on those teachers and those figures in your life, and draw some strength from them.

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May 23 "De Tejas a Chuchurumbé" a Spanish Poetry Symposium - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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This spring, Texas teachers were motivated, engaged and excited to learn more about how to incorporate Spanish poetry into their bilingual or dual language classroom.

Alma Flor Ada and  F.Isabel Campoy shared important strategies and poems that reflect the language of the Hispanic culture—all so very important for students to be exposed to in the classroom. 

Our Santillana consultants, Patricia Acosta and Dr. Barbara Jones, also shared fun and engaging ways to incorporate using poetry in the classroom to help students expand their vocabulary, strengthen reading skills and develop Spanish proficiency.  This is especially important because these are tested skills on the STAAR exam.  Here, in Plaza Santillana we want to share with you the poetry activities and song that were featured in both these presentations.  Enjoy! 


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"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."

- Stephen King

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