Amy Quezada, an ESL teacher at Delta High School, has been selected for the Colorado Binational Teacher Exchange. Participation will not only build her capacity to support Delta County's migrant students and their families, she'll also share what she learns with staff members throughout the district.
The Colorado Department of Education administers the Colorado Binational Teacher Exchange, which will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 22-29. Quezada will visit elementary, middle and high schools to observe how students are educated in Mexico and what a typical school day looks like. The goal is to develop a better understanding of the cultural, educational and linguistic diversity of Mexico and the U.S.
Quezada is one of 10 Colorado teachers selected for the program. In addition to ESL classes, she teaches credit recovery courses at the high school, tutors students at the Alta Vista de la Montana housing complex in North Delta and teaches summer classes for migrant students whose parents have agricultural jobs in the area.
Fluency in Spanish is one requirement of the exchange program, but in her classroom Quezada also has students whose first language is Vietnamese, Burmese and other dialects spoken by the Karan population. Through the exchange program, she hopes to learn how to better tailor lessons to meet the needs of all her students.
Quezada was raised in Wyoming and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming. Her first teaching job was at Delta Middle School, where she worked for 13 years. She obtained a master's degree from Colorado Mesa University and last year transferred to Delta High School.
"We are very proud of Mrs. Quezada and excited for her to take advantage of this opportunity," said Derek Carlson, DHS principal. "Delta High School is very thankful for Amy Quezada and the exceptional work she does with all of her students."
Later this year, 10 teachers from Mexico will travel to Colorado to observe educational practices here. Anyone who is willing to host one of the teachers is asked to call Quezada at the high school, 874-8031.blog comments powered by Disqus