Who is my child’s teacher?
Hello! My name is Shilenne Coronado and I’m a native Costa Rican, but at the age of 5, my parents moved us to the U.S. I lived there for 35 years making English my first language and Spanish …..very difficult!
I moved back to my beautiful country 11 years ago, and was a tourist in my own home. I wasn’t even sure of what I would do for work because of my lack of Spanish. I attended trade school to become a licenced tour guide (what better way to get acquainted with Costa Rica) and found that my fellow Ticos were hungry to learn to speak proper English. Having a TESL certificate, I started teaching and tutoring and found a new interest in my life.
This is my first year as a full time English teacher and just fell in LOVE with my young students and their eagerness to learn about life.
I can relate to a 5 year old who’s learning to speak a second language and incorporate my memories of that as I teach.
Our daily schedule may look like this, weather and moods permitting ;):
Daily Schedule (Monday through Friday)
7:30 Students use the restroom and line up at class door
7:40 Routine: We go over days of the week and date. Chit chat about the evening before events and just share what’s on our minds.
8:10 We have either English, PE or music class, depending on day.
8:50 We have math or science, depending on day and all in English
9:15 Breakfast and recess
9:45 Student’s wash their hands and line up
10:00 Reading, English or art, depending on day and mood 🙂
10:30 Free time: Students are encouraged to learn how to play together
11:00 Spanish class with a real Spanish teacher, not Teacher Shilenne!
12:15 Students brush their teeth and line up for class
12:30 Resume math or science, depending on day
1:20 Last recess
1:45 Student’s wash their hands and line up
2:00 Story time, either books or videos/Pack up for the day
2:30 Class dismissed