Teacher You Can Count On: Veronica Carlson - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/20/06

Teacher You Can Count On: Veronica Carlson

The alphabet and colors are just some of the things kids learn in kindergarten. But at Ramirez Charter School, Veronica Carlson is teaching the basics in a foreign way. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta introduces us to this week's Maestra En La Que Puedes Contar.

"Meet Veronica Carlson. Her students know her as Senora Carlson, that's because she teaches the first and only kindergarten Spanish class at Ramirez Charter School. "They'll read in Spanish, they'll write in Spanish," says Seniora Carlson. They learn all the basics from language arts to math.

"It's really neat and fun. The kids really catch on great and it's nice seeing them and hearing them talk in Spanish and actually understanding what I say," explains Senior Carlson. Students learn Spanish through riddles and even a little singing and dancing.

For most of the students this is their first experience learning a second language. "Some of them that don't have any kind of Spanish background are sometimes the ones that are most interested in it," say the Spanish Teacher.

"Spanish is very important so kids can if they want to be Spanish when they grow up to be adults they can and they can live in Del Rio," says Student Liam Menchaca. He is just one of the students Senora Carlson says has improved dramatically and he's not shy about showing us. "Blanco means white, anaranjado means orange and verde means green," explains Liam.

Inside the classroom, students are gaining the tools to someday become fluent in Spanish but Senora Carlson also hopes they will walk away with tolerance and respect for other cultures. "Learning that it's okay to learn a second language and hopefully they'll keep it up," she adds.

Senora Carlson frequently has guests from Spanish speaking countries speak to the students to enrich their learning experience.

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