Hello Hurricanes!!!! This Week “STORM TALK” spotlights Ms. Leyla Puentes-Wolfgang, World Languages Teacher.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. I completed both my elementary and secondary education there. Bogotá is a very dynamic capital city with different cultural activities happening every day! There is always something to do!
Tell us about your some of your favorites. I love to read Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish Literature. One my favorite writers is Julio Cortazar. His short stories are fantastic! I am a big fan of both classic, foreign, and independent films of all genres. I also enjoy listening to Jazz, especially to Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker… among MANY others! I love cycling! My husband and I put our two little Chihuahuas in a bike trailer and cruise around Orlando. I also love going to the theater. I frequent our local playhouse, “Mad Cow Theater”. They always have wonderful productions. Recently, I have taken up meditation, and I love it! 🙂 Its benefits are being documented all over. Last but not least, I love eating different types of cheese! 🙂
Where have you traveled? My favorite traveling experience has been a road trip my husband and I did through Ireland. What a remarkable country! The people are super friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, and the scenery is simply awesome! We are planning on going back to camp at the Lakes of Killarney in the future.
Who has been an influential leader in your life? My Mom has definitely been a hugely influential leader in my life. As an immigrant and non-native English language speaker she worked hard and put herself through nursing school during her mid-40’s. She now works as an ER nurse at a hospital in Miami. She continues to mentor me every day, and is my biggest role model. Her passion and dedication have paid off, and now she literally works to save human lives every day.
Tell us about your previous work. Before working for SSMS, I was working for UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) a Charter School for students with and without disabilities. It was an amazing experience that forever changed me. I worked in both self-contained and inclusion classrooms with different types of disabilities. I witnessed huge improvements in many students, some that could be considered miracles! The spark of pride and accomplishment in their eyes is priceless. I firmly believe that as educators we make a daily difference in our students’ lives.
Share about a teacher who made an impact on your life. My 5th grade teacher Soraya Ávila was caring, patient, understanding, and knowledgeable. I still have a letter she wrote to every single student in the class. I framed mine! In the letter she drew pictures of us and complimented us on our individual abilities. She was not afraid to be firm and disciplinary, but she was always fair, and we all appreciated that.
What do you like most about SSMS? First, the students! I love the diversity of our students’ demographics. I love interacting with them and appreciating their different personalities and backgrounds. I also love how funny they can be since I love to laugh! Last but not least, I love the amazing and warm welcome I have received from all the administration and fellow teachers, they have truly made a huge difference to me as a first year teacher.
WELCOME ABOARD LEYLA and CONTINUE to STORM!!!
Coming Soon….FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
TEACHER SHOUT OUTS: #BringittoLIFE
Every week students, in Ms. Downey & Ms. Ellerbe’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, participate in a team building exercise. The last couple weeks they learned communication, teamwork and how to handle frustrating situations.
The pictures reflect our students using synergy to complete their task. (Week 1: The string challenge, Week 2: The Human Knot Challenge)WIN-WIN at it’s best: Ms. Williams created a charging station for her students’ electronic devices in class. Ms. Williams also knows where their phones are : ) ANNOUNCEMENTS
- FDLRS Teaching Students with Disabilities Online Module is available in this short video from DTL at http://www.fl-pda.org. The video link is http://vimeo.com/113935831.
HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!!!