My name is Jen Monterrosa. I am very excited to be your Spanish Teacher this year! I absolutely LOVE speaking and listening to Spanish! The music, the art, the culture, the food from Latin America ... I LOVE IT ALL! There are so many interesting and exciting things to learn about! I consider myself very lucky because every day I get to do what I enjoy and share that passion with my students. For me, it's exciting to see a student starting with little to no Spanish in level one and then progressing to possible fluency in the language. It is SO fun! I am looking forward to sharing this all with you!
A little about me ...
As I child, I grew up living in many different places because my dad was in the Air Force. (I bet that none of you were born in the same place that I was!) Growing up in different parts of the U.S., I was fascinated with different accents, customs, and interests of the various people that I would meet. It opened my world to a passion for all things multi-cultural. I find it intriguing to learn about other countries, and what people from other countries do, how they talk, what they eat, and how they view the world. I believe that it is in learning about others that we learn to respect and appreciate one another.
I have been teaching for over 26 years, with the last 17 at SHS. On any given year, I may teach Spanish 1 through Honors Spanish 4. Prior to SHS, I taught at a private school in Naples, Florida. Before that, I taught at Laconia High School. My first experience with teaching was at a private bilingual school, St. Paul's, in a little town called San Antonio de Belén in Alajuela, Costa Rica, where I taught first graders the subjects taught in English: English, Math, Science, and Multicultural Studies.
In addition to teaching, I am also the advisor for the SHS Key Club. Key Club gives me the opportunity to give service to the community and the chance to work with the nicest kids, kids with a heart of gold, kids who want to help feed the hungry, care for little children, and visit and play games with the elderly. Although there are many volunteer activities throughout the year, our biggest is hosting our Annual Make-A-Wish Benefit Dinner. We do this to help grant the Wish for a child in NH with a life-threatening illness. Being part of Key Club is a very rewarding part of my life.
Even though the first part of my life was lived in my different places, I am now happy to call Salem home. I have two adult children, Megan (26) and Ryan (23), and two dogs, Molly & Bella. When I am not teaching or working with Key Club, I spend my time gardening, reading, doing projects around the house, watching crime shows on TV, and spending time with family and friends.
I hope we have a fantastic year together! Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to make our learning experience the best that it can be!