Saturday, May 11, 2013

Who is Maestra Barrett?

My name is Gisel Barrett. I was born in Chula Vista, CA and raised in Tijuana, B.C., México. My primary, and secondary education was established in Tijuana and later came to San Diego to work on my College Degree. I graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Bilingual Education Specialist Dual Credential from +SDSU Alumni 

This will be my 2nd year teaching (1st year contracted) and even though I am "new" teacher, these 2 years have been a rollercoster of emotions, learning, and growth as a person and as an educator. I have found that Dual Language and Educational Technology are my passions. 

My passion for Dual Language Education comes from the fact that I have been raised in TJ/SD region. I have the fortune to be part of more than two cultures, the beauty and biodiversity they provide their residents. My parents gave me the  opportunity to learn English and Spanish academically in Mexico which led me to reach my dreams to be a Bilingual Educator. Without their vision, I would not be here writing this blog in English. 

My passion for Technology comes from the fascination of the arts, creativity, networking, and learning. I am always trying to find new opportunities to learn. Technology, internet, mobile devices and computers let me be creative, explore, network and learn about anything that I am interested in. I  recently started using +Twitter Followers Deluxe to learn from other Educators, Leaders and Mentors. I have increased my #PLN (Professional Learning Network) and gives me a new perspective in Education and as you can see writing about my experiences through +Blogger will give me a room to reflect about my journey.

Teaching has been an incredible experience. Everyone outside the education field does not quite understand the amount of responsability a teacher has. I am not talking about things that have to be accomplished following the District, State or the Department of Education standards. The responsability comes from nurturing students emotional well being, creating a safe place to learn, providing them the best education and at the same time being a nurse, a mentor, rocket scientist, artist, gardener, etc. As Educators, we have so many hats we put on.

This blog (or any Web 2.0 Tools) will let me collaborate and share about  Dual Language and Educational Technology with Educators, Parents and Students.

Thanks for Reading!
-Maestra Barrett

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