Hello. I am the new K-5 Spanish teacher, Kristi Papenfuss. Students call me Profe Kristi. I am thrilled to join the team at Highland Park Elementary.
I learned Spanish while attending high school in Montevideo, Uruguay. I also lived in Guatemala and Paraguay. My travels have taken me to many Latin American countries and Spain.
I am excited to help develop the language program at Highland Park Elementary. The program will use two curriculums: Risas y Sonrisas and Sonrisas Spanish. Both curriculums are engaging, and activity based. Learning Spanish will be fun!!
The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages will provide the framework to develop communication skills and cultural competence at each grade level. As a PYP school, the Spanish program will strive to make connections with the grade level planners.
I look forward to working with all the students and families at Highland Park Elementary. Let’s have a great year!