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Señorita Hanna

About Me

¡Hola! A little about me: I was born and raised in Noblesville, Indiana. I attended Indiana University, and student taught in Indiana as well as Ávila, Spain. I have a degree in K-12 Spanish Education. I am an avid lover of animals (I have a hedgehog and a Chihuahua, for now.) I also love the outdoors, and after recently moving to Colorado, I never want to leave! Additional hobbies and interests include painting, hiking, interior design, and baking. 


What I Love about Teaching

I love teaching because it allows me to share my passion of language with my students, and connect with them through a wide variety of hands-on activities. Learning another language can bring so many opportunities, and acquiring a language expands the mind in many ways. I am a firm believer of learning by doing, by creating, and by interacting. Authentic materials such as songs, visuals, games, and manipulatives are plentiful in my instruction. I love integrating culture into my lessons, because it gives students a broader worldview and allows them to make connections between the language and the diverse cultures of those who speak the language. Most of all, I want my students to experience that learning a language can be a lot of fun! Providing the foundation of Spanish to my students and allowing them to flourish into confident global learners makes me enjoy coming to work each and every day. 

How to Contact Me

Room - 150
Email - christie.hanna@stargateschool.org


I will have two blogs: one for grades K-2, and the other for grades 3-5. This is where you will be able to access a summary of content covered throughout the trimester. I


I keep all grades on Infinite Campus, which you can access from the menu. I believe in holistic or “big picture” evaluation of student success.

Students are graded on the following categories: 

  •       Interpersonal communication
  •       Interpretive communication
  •       Presentational communication
  •       Culture, connections, and comparisons
  •       Grammar/vocabulary concepts
  •       Responsibility

**Effort is essential; perfection is not!

    Links to practice Spanish at home:

      Why is learning a language so important? Here are some facts and statistics:
  •       Foreign Language study creates more positive attitudes and less prejudice toward people who are different. It leads to an appreciation of cultural diversity.
  •       Analytical skills improve when students study a foreign language.
  •       Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture.
  •       Creativity is increased with the study of foreign languages.
  •       People who know more than one language are able to pay attention for 20% longer on average than their one-language-speaking friends.
  •       In a Florida study, kids who knew two languages scored an average of 23 to 34 points higher on both math and language arts standardized tests than kids who only  spoke one language
  •       Babies raised in bilingual homes demonstrate superior cognitive ability – specifically the ability to seek new stimuli more quickly, as early as seven months old.
  •       One is at a distinct advantage in the global market if one is bilingual, and having second language experience leads to a competitive edge in career choices.
  •       ...The list goes on and on!

Your child is lucky to be learning Spanish in particular! Here’s why:

  •         Spanish is the mother tongue of an estimated 400-450 million people, making it the world's second most spoken language, next to Chinese. Spanish surpasses  English in its number of speakers, as English comes in third place with 335 million native speakers around the world.
  •        Spanish enjoys official language status in 21 countries across Europe, Africa, Central, South and North America, making it a very important global language.
  •        Spanish is a romance language, meaning it has Latin origins. Knowing this language opens doors to recognize patterns in other romance languages, and learn other languages more efficiently.
  •        The use of Spanish online has risen by an incredible 800% in recent years and this means it’s the third most popular language on the Internet, not far behind Mandarin and English.
  •        An estimated 18 million students are currently studying Spanish as a foreign language. Forecasts indicate that, in a few generations from now, 10% of the world’s population will understand Spanish—whereas the number is currently 6%.

        *Facts cited from FluentU.com

Señorita Hanna's Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Spanish Blog

  • Overview of Trimester ¡Hola!Here is a breakdown of content for grade levels K-2. Kindy content:Basic words and phrases:Hola / adiósBuenos días - good morning¿Cómo estás? - How ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2019, 12:31 PM by Christie Hanna
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Señorita Hanna's 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spanish Blog

  • Overview of Trimester ¡Hola!Here is a breakdown of content for grade levels 3-5. 3rd grade content:**review of past year's content incorporated into trimester1. Clothing (la ropa)La camisa ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2019, 2:47 PM by Christie Hanna
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