Susan Patel » All About Me

All About Me

Estimados Padres,


¡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!




Ms. Susan