We are pleased to spotlight Tina Van Wetering, 6th – 8th Grade Spanish Teacher. The PTO posed a few questions to Ms. Van Wetering to learn a bit more about her.
Why did you become a teacher?
I had many strong influences that led me to the path of becoming a Spanish teacher. First of all, teaching runs in my family. I have several family members who are teachers, aides, social workers and librarians. I also love working with kids. Starting with my first job at 15, I’ve only ever had jobs where I’ve taught or coached kids. The Spanish language has also always been a big part of my life. I have had an interest in Hispanic culture because my mom was born in Cuba. Later, spending a month in Sevilla, Spain really solidified my desire to teach Spanish.
What was your favorite subject when you were in middle school?
Of course I really enjoyed Spanish and learning more about my culture but also enjoyed the music class I took. We had a song of the day every day, learned how to play the drums and guitar, and did entire units on The Beatles and the song American Pie. It was very memorable.
What was your favorite book you read in middle school?
“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. It was such a good mystery! It really kept me on my toes wondering would happen next. My 7th grade teacher also had an awesome unit to help us with it.
What’s something on your “bucket list”?
Traveling to more Spanish speaking countries including Cuba, Costa Rica, and Argentina.
How do you like to spend your weekends?
Usually I am hanging with my fiance, watching Netflix on the couch with my dog, Rocco, or playing some games. I also love to spend time with family including my niece and nephew.
If you could go back in time and give your middle school self some advice, what would it be?
Stop talking so much and listen to others!! And just be yourself!