TEC KNOWLEDGE meet Debbie Annett

Tell us about yourself and how you got started with TEC? I have been teaching Spanish to students first grade through high school for 17 years. I am an Illinois State Certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I also have a Bachelors degree in Spanish. How I came to teach at TEC is a neat story! Cheryl Kight, the woman who founded TEC almost 20 years ago, had just found out during the summer of 2005 that their Spanish teacher would not be returning for the coming school year. She said that one day as she was driving home in her mini van she was praying that she would find a Spanish teacher in time for the new school year. She was getting nervous because time was running out. As she pulled into her driveway, her neighbor came across the street and handed her a brochure saying to her, “If you ever need a Spanish teacher for your classes, this might be helpful.” It was my brochure that I had recently made and given to a friend to pass on to others to help me find students. Cheryl was thrilled! Her prayer had been answered. She called me, and a couple of days later we met at the local Panera, interviewed, and she asked me to come teach at TEC. I have been there ever since, and have loved it!!

How long have you been with TEC? – I have been with TEC for 12 years.

What classes do you teach and tell us a little bit of each one, if more than one subject? I teach Spanish grades 3 through high school. My grades 3-8 classes are foundations building classes where students learn vocabulary, verb conjugation, and grammar concepts through fun and effective lessons. Students learn how to put these pieces of language together in different ways to skillfully speak, read, and write in Spanish. We have lots of fun together doing a wide variety of activities and games. My high school classes are designed to provide students with a scope and sequence of material each year that allows them to earn high school credit. They learn to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish through a variety of appropriately challenging language activities that allow them to learn vocabulary, pronunciation, verb conjugation, and grammar in a way that appeals to all learning styles. Our classes are fun and encouraging!

What are you looking forward to the most at our new location in North Aurora? – I’m looking forward to meeting all the new students and their families and seeing TEC grow.

What do you like to do in your free time? – In my free time, I like to read in English or Spanish, especially Spanish, walk, bike, travel, bake, and spend time with friends and family.

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