Dear Students and Parents,
My name is Alma Ramirez de Wilson and I have been teaching Spanish for the last 17 years. It is a pleasure to be a member of the school's faculty and collaborate with the Modern Language Deparment at Ironwood Ridge.
I was born and raised in Mexico and I will always cherish the warmth of its people and its sunny beaches. Both my husband who was born in New York as well as my beloved son are bilingual. In my free time, I love to dance, travel with my family, try new cooking recipes and do gardening.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a degree in Education. I also have a Master's degree in Second Language Acquisition from Arizona State University. Attending graduate school is one of the best investments of time and effort I have made in my life. I think that any field of teaching requires depth of knowledge and passion to communicate clearly the importance and relevance of the subject in the real world to students. I also believe effective teaching requires the ability to commit to excellence and the unyielding pursuit of creative solutions to the challenges that teaching presents. Great teachers communicate these expectations clearly on a consistent basis to their students while respecting their individuality. Furthermore, I strongly believe in the importance of parental involvement and I find that my parents are for the most part my greatest collaborators. When it comes to teaching Spanish particularly, it is both my profession and a personal way to express myself. My greatest drive is to create learning situations and bring insights into the classroom that foster risk-taking in my students. As a bilingual/bicultural teacher it is a pleasure to share the thrill of exploring the Spanish language and culture with my students.