I am so excited to begin year three of the Passport to Spanish or FLES, Foreign Language Elementary Spanish, Program at University Park Elementary. As a child, I attended University Park Elementary, McCulloch Middle School, and graduated from Highland Park High School. My love of Spanish began in fifth grade right here at UP. After attending Texas Tech University for two years, I transferred to SMU, Southern Methodist University. In 1996, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from SMU. While at SMU, I participated in the SMU-in-Mexico summer language program twice. Under the direction of SMU, I lived with a local host family and studied at the Universidad Veracruzana in the capital city of Xalapa in the state of Veracruz. After college I lived in Madrid, Spain to improve my Spanish language skills.
My educational career spans 16 years and has been spent serving the children of Texas public schools. I am proud to say that I have taught first through eighth grade. For eight years I worked in RISD, Richardson ISD, as a classroom teacher in various roles. While at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet in RISD, I taught third through sixth grade Spanish. While in RISD, I also taught bilingual first grade at Lake Highlands Elementary and seventh and eighth grade Spanish as well as eighth grade PreAP Spanish at Lake Highlands Junior High. Prior to working in RISD, I worked for Garland ISD, Dallas ISD, Premont ISD, and Brooks County ISD in South Texas.
In my free time, I enjoy being with family, friends, and my husband Howard. Howard is from Yorkshire, England, so we look forward to visiting family there. Howard and I spend a lot of time with our dog, Miller. I love speaking Spanish right here in Dallas every chance I get and cannot wait to engage my students in fun, dynamic Spanish lessons!
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~ Charlotte "Señora" Lawton