Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Diplomacy Second Languages and Cultures: ESL: K - 12 Teaching License
Ms. De Avila
I am an English Language teacher at Saint Paul Music Academy. This will be my 18th year teaching. I have been in this very same building for 17 of those years. I love working with students from diverse backgrounds, and I love the creative challenge of helping them be successful in school and in English. For the 2019-2020 school year, I am excited to work with students in the following classrooms: 2nd Grade - Ms. Arndt, Ms. Lazowski, and Ms. Reynertson; 4th Grade: Ms. Christopherson; and 5th Grade: Ms. Balcerzak and Ms. Weiss.
Like many of my students, my family speaks a language other than English at home. My spouse is from Mexico, so we speak Spanish when we are together at our house. I know it takes hard work everyday to help my two children use BOTH English and Spanish. We also try hard to teach them to be proud of both their Mexican and American heritage! My goal every year is to work in partnership with families and the community to help my students become proud, successful, multilingual people, just like I want for my own children.
When I am not teaching, I love to read and listen to books, take long walks, keep up on current events, and binge watch my favorite T.V. shows on Netflix and Amazon. I also really enjoy going to special events in my community--it is important to me that I know my neighbors, and that I make an effort to learn about, understand different perspectives, and support all the diverse people in my world. And of course, whenever I can, I love to do all of these things with my family along for the ride!