Middle School Spanish teacher and Lower School and Middle School World Language Chair Todd Schlenker and sixth- and seventh-grade Spanish teacher Jeff Ballentine spent the month of July in Spain.
"We did a summer course for Spanish teachers at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, in the northern Basque country," Schlenker describes.
"Our three professors were experts in the Spanish language, history, culture, and methods of teaching.
We learned and shared ideas for teaching Spanish at all levels.
Our Spanish improved tremendously, and we even learned some of the Basque language, known as 'euskera.'
"Being students helped us recharge our batteries and gave us new insights into the old and new dynamics that make Spain the country it is today," Schlenker
"We need to thank the USM Faculty Grant Committee
for giving us the opportunity to study in Spain this summer.
Fifteen other teachers from across the U.S. and Canada paid their own way because of the value these summer courses offer.
They were impressed that USM
had the vision and resources to invest in its teachers in this way.
So again, MUCHAS GRACIAS, USM."
and Ballentine captured their experience on their blog.