|Bio:||Juan was born in a small town of southern Spain called Castilleja de la Cuesta. There a somewhat known man by the name of Hernan CortÃ©s had a magnificent palace and left it to the locals when he died; a palace in which Juan attended school under the watchful eye of nuns and monks. His teachers there were passionate, driven to help their students succeed, and excited about learning new things themselves. This is the reason why Juan is excited to work at Monticello Academy and passionate for all things school-related.
After moving to the US in 1999 and learning the language (somewhat accurately), Juan attended school at the University of Utah where he graduated with two honors Bachelors degrees in History and Classics, with an emphasis in Ancient Greek and Latin, in 2012. He quickly became adept at teaching languages and thus he taught Spanish, Latin, and Ancient Greek through the better part of six years as a tutor and mentor, as well as a professor substitute. Juan received a Masters Degree in Ancient Literature and History in 2015 and has been accepted to the University of Utah for a PhD in Spanish.
Juan is excited to teach and help develop the language skills students at Monticello academy already possess but also, in the spirit of that small private school in Spain which used to belong to that conquistador Hernan Cortes and later to amazing teachers he is ready to learn, motivate, and improve, in order to become a better educator for the benefit of his students and his peers.
|Bio:||1st Grade Teacher|
|Bio:||I am a graduate from Utah State University with a degree in History Education. This is my first year as a teacher, but not my first year at Monticello Academy. I worked here last year as a Special Education Aide and couldn't imagine leaving the school. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors snowboarding, hiking and just spending time in the sun or inside reading and cooking. As a history teacher I hope to instill in the students the importance of learning about the past by showing how the past influences our present.|
My name is Thomas C. Curtis. I have been teaching now for eight years teaching a variety of ages from Kindergarten up to 9th grade. Currently, I teach basic Spanish k-3 and then I teach the real Spanish classes 4th -6th grades (Spanish 1 & 2). Over the past eight years, I have become an apt and able teacher who uses both technology and skill to teach and encourage students to further their knowledge in the Spanish language. I have taught beginners, moderate learners, as well as natives and been able to further their Spanish ability by teaching them carefully construed lessons.
My first year teaching I worked as an intern; it was an experience that I shall never forget. I was welcomed into a classroom and was told that I had 256 kids to whom I needed to teach Spanish. That was followed by seven years working here at Monticello Academy where the focus of the school is on education, the specials, and a pride in excellence. It is also a school where traditional American values are taught and promoted with daily lessons and teachings.
In order to create an ideal classroom learning environment, I have developed a full 180 plan for a full three years. I have also developed term work-booklets for my students that give them different activities, study guides, etc. with which to use to learn and to grow. I have found that having everything planned out beforehand has helped me to become more involved on my individual students progress. This year, I created term booklets that included all of the worksheets, tests, and quizzes for the entire term. They also included cheat sheets and vocabulary lists for my students use. By having everything planned out in advance, I have found that I am better able to concentrate on how I am going to teach as well as well as focus on giving more individual detail to what I teach.
Honestly, I feel that I have grown into a capable, well rounded teacher who has reasonable control of his classroom. This growth has come from a variety of different sources; I have learned from personal experience, specialized trainings, colleagues, and advice from parents and staff how to handle a multiplicity of different situations in a plethora of different methods.
Lastly, I love teaching. If the teacher does not enjoy being there in the classroom, the students won't either. A love of something is the best way to teach.
Cordially, Thomas C. Curtis