Featured Teacher: Ryan Casey

Our Featured Teacher series introduces world language educators from across the country. Today we are excited to feature Ryan Casey, who teaches Spanish in Lexington, MA, and he is also a former Latin teacher. According to colleagues and students who nominated him, Ryan is a teacher who never stops learning and exploring. Read our Q&A with him below. Do you know a world language educator you would like to see featured on this blog? We’d love to hear from you!

Wayside Publishing: What language do you teach? Do you speak any other languages?
Ryan Casey: I teach Spanish, although I taught Latin during my first year. I teach grades 9-12 at Lexington High School, my alma mater, in Lexington, MA. I am in my fifth year of teaching.

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Featured Teacher: Elena Spathis

Our Featured Teacher series introduces world language educators from across the country. We kick off the series with Elena Spathis, who teaches Spanish at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, New Jersey. According to colleagues and students who nominated her, she is an inspiring teacher who brings out the best in her students. Read our Q&A with her below. Do you know a world language educator you would like to see featured on this blog? We’d love to hear from you!

“I try to place culture at the core of every lesson.”

Wayside Publishing: What language do you teach? Do you speak any other languages?

Elena Spathis: I teach Spanish at the high school level, and am certified to teach English as a Second Language as well. I speak Greek fluently as I am of Greek heritage. I also completed a minor in Modern Greek Studies while in college.

WP: How long have you been teaching?

ES: I am currently about to complete my fourth full year of teaching.

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