Paola Allendez graduated with honors and distinction from SDSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature and a Minor in Chicana and Chicano studies in 2011. Furthermore, in 2019, she obtained a Master of Education: Dual Language and English Learner at the same institution, and in 2020, a teaching credential at National University. Her academic achievements have enabled her to become a knowledgeable and skillful teacher.
With more than 10 years of teaching experience, Paola has taken the opportunity to instruct a wide variety of students from various backgrounds and Spanish levels. She is a compassionate teacher who remains sensitive to students’ unique needs and offers positive encouragement and reinforcement. She strongly believes that every student has the potential to learn, if provided with the right tools. She integrates literature, writing workshops, phonetics activities, and technology to ensure that each student can enjoy the learning process.
One of her greatest strengths is keeping students motivated and participating in the learning process by creating positive and safe learning environments. She creates lesson plans for all learning styles and accommodations, applying knowledge of the students’ prior experiences, interests, and emotional learning needs. She also tries her best to incorporate authentic cultural facts and traditions in a dynamic way to connect the subject matter to real-life contexts and provide active learning experiences to engage students and extend their learning.