Fourth Grade DL/I
Fourth Grade DLI
Senora Naranjo 4th Grade DLI Co-Teacher
Hello Wildcats Families!
I am extremely happy to be here in the United States teaching my native language, Spanish. I am so blessed to have this unique experience while I am also immersed in the culture of my second language, English.
I am from Cali, Colombia (aka, La capital de la salsa). It is a really nice, warm, cozy and happy place. You and your family should definitely visit there, especially at Christmas during the local festivities.
On the professional side, I have a BA in foreign languages: English and French and I am, also, a specialist in children’s literature.
I am currently finishing my Master degree in TESOL at Greensboro College, I love to keep growing professionally, and this is a great opportunity to improve what I am learning while I am living in the US.
I cannot believe this is my 5th year, everybody has been so welcoming and kind, I am truly going to miss everyone.
I sincerely hope we have the best year yet!
My best wishes to everyone.
Mrs. Gutierrez-4th Grade DLI Co-Teacher & 5th Grade DLI English Support
My name is Mrs. Jessica Gutierrez. I was born and raised in northern Indiana, but I’ve spent most of my adult life abroad in Lima, Peru. I have my B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in School Administration. I also have certification in ESL. This is my 11th year teaching, and my second here at Weddington! I began my teaching career in a small school in northern Indiana where I taught in third grade for three years. From 2007 to 2012, I travelled to Lima, Peru during the summer months to volunteer with an orphanage and translate for American doctors who came to provide free medical care for those in poverty living in the mountains of Peru. Finally, in 2013, I moved to Lima to teach in a bilingual school. I was there for six years, and I taught everything from third to fifth grades. I also served as Curriculum Coordinator for Humanities, English and Science courses. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy traveling, learning about other cultures, going to the beach, baking and spending time outdoors with my family.
I’m so excited to work with your children this year!
All my best,