All About Me
¡Hola! My name is Susan Patel, and I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten Spanish at GVA-DC. I grew up in Latin America, and I have 14+ years of teaching experience in Bilingual Education.
I come from a multicultural home. My father is American, and my mother is Colombian. As a child, I grew up in Panama and Honduras where I attended bilingual schools. I have traveled extensively and consider myself a global citizen.
I would like to share with you my education background as well as my teaching experience. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Boston College majoring in Psychology with a minor in General Education. In addition, I have a master’s degree from CU Denver in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus area in Elementary Bilingual/ESL Education. I started my teaching profession as a Peace Corps volunteer at a high school in Poland teaching English as a Foreign Language for two years. I returned to the United States and decided that teaching younger children is at the center of my heart. The rest of my career was in Denver Public Schools teaching K-2 Bilingual/Dual Immersion Spanish both as a classroom teacher and literacy interventionist.
My two greatest passions as a teacher are Bilingual Education and unlocking each child’s potential in a developmentally appropriate way. Children are so curious and eager to learn. My job is to foster this love of learning through a play-based academic experience. Global Village is such a special school because being multilingual, multi-literate and multicultural are valued, encouraged and supported. This is an incredible community with the same mission that I have advocated throughout my career.
During my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, watching movies and spending time with my husband and son, Sebastian, who is a first grader at GVA-DC.
Thank you in advance for sharing your child with me! If you need to get in touch with me, please email me as I would love to hear from you and work together as a team to create a wonderful Kindergarten experience for your child. Go DRAGONS!