About the Teacher
Degrees and Certifications:
Spanish K-12 License 2018 K-6 Elementary K-6 License 2021
Ms. Denise Doty
Who am I?
I was born in Winona, Minnesota and have lived here all my life, but for two years. One year I spent in Japan and the other in Colombia. I got my teacher’s license from Hamline University,
where I also obtained my undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I enjoy travelling whether it be to another state or another country. When I am at home I spend time
with my 3 sons and their families barbequing or sitting around a bonfire talking. I also enjoy learning languages. In addition to keeping up on my Spanish skills, I’m also trying to learn German
as my middle son is stationed in Germany as a Sergeant in the army.
I will be teaching K-5th grade. This will be my first year teaching at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy. I am excited to be here at a school that prepares students to be global citizens. As a Spanish teacher preparing students to interact with the world is what I do and love. Here at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy students are “inspired to
achieve their fullest potential” and I am excited to be part of their journey. Students will be learning:
Students in Spanish class will learn how to listen and read for understanding. This is known as the interpretive mode. This is a one-way form of communication where students must understand
both spoken and written text. They will also work extensively on presentational writing. Presentational writing ranges from copying words, to translating words, to writing essays. Students will learn
vocabulary, punctuation, and accent and capitalization rules. Interpersonal speaking requires speakers to listen to each other,negotiate and interpret meaning, and arrive at an understanding.
In order to be able to do this, students must learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening skills and interpretive skills. To understand language at a deeper level students will be learning
about culture from 20 countries and 1 territory (Puerto Rico) where Spanish is the official language. We will also take a look at the United States, which does not have an official language, to
see the impact that the Spanish language has had.