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Mrs. Laura Pyburn - Spanish

Bienvenidos and Welcome to Mrs. Pyburn’s Spanish class.

My name is Melinda Pyburn and I this is my third year at Merryhill School as the Spanish teacher. I have taught for 21 years combined in the Arlington and FWISD school districts. I am dual certified as an elementary bilingual teacher in Spanish and English as well as ESL for the elementary levels up to 6th grade. I am a graduate of Texas Christian University and so I am a frog fan. I so enjoyed teaching after retiring from Arlington schools that I couldn’t wait to get back in the classroom and joined Merryhill. I recently became a grandmother and have begun teaching my grandson Spanish. Remember it is never too early or too late to learn a different language!

My hopes for this school year is that all students from every grade level learn some fundamental Spanish social language as well as some key vocabulary words that will align with and enhance their regular classroom learning and exploration. I try to align my lessons with the classroom teachers whenever possible. This makes learning a new language easier and more meaningful. I also incorporate history and culture of the Spanish language and people. I feel it is important to learn not just the language but, the culture and traditions surrounding the Latin American and Spanish countries.

This year has been full of unexpected changes due to Covid19 but the objectives remain the same. I know it is different to learn remotely but, I will do everything possible to make learning meaningful and engaging.

I am so happy to be at Merryhill this year and I love seeing your student’s faces on-line.

Updated Tuesday 10-13-2020 03:38pm

Classroom Notes

First Quarter

This quarter we all learned some key social language phrases. Grades 3 to 6 in addition have learned some classroom vocabulary on commonly used items and key phrases. The lower grades Pk – 2 have concentrated on letters of the alphabet in Spanish using proper pronunciation and usage. We are also exploring the Spanish culture by studying the Dia de los Muertos.