Heritage Teacher Summit – Fall 2021

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We are excited to announce that we are hosting the second annual HERITAGE TEACHER SUMMIT this fall!!! The goal is to provide some very needed VIRTUAL PD for heritage teachers at an extremely affordable price, and to hear from LOTS of amazing heritage teachers across the country doing some amazing stuff!!

Tickets will be sold at the link above from August 1st – September 30th, 2021.

As soon as you buy your ticket, you will have immediate access to all the sessions (they have been pre-recorded).

You can watch them at your own pace, whenever you like, until 7/31/22 (a full year from the first day tickets can be purchased).

Tickets are a one time purchase of $39 to get access to all sessions ($39 total).

A certificate will be provided for 13 hours.

To follow the conversation on Instagram or Twitter, please use the hashtag #HeritageTeacherSummit.




Jacquelin Camacho is entering her fifth year of teaching Spanish and Spanish for Heritage Speakers in the suburbs of Chicago. Having come from a family of immigrants and being a first generation student herself, she has dedicated her time as a teacher to building curriculum around her students’ social-emotional needs and finding ways to highlight their academic strengths. She is passionate about community, social justice and trauma-informed practices in education.

Jen Lopez teaches Spanish for Heritage Speakers and AP Spanish Literature & Culture at a small private high school in Minneapolis, MN. She presents regularly at state and national conferences on topics related to heritage language teaching and reading/writing workshop, and is the current Minnesota Language Teacher of the Year. She is passionate about providing her students with the time, space and language to explore their identities and continue to develop their language and literacy skills in both Spanish and English.

Angela Oropeza teaches Heritage Spanish classes at a large public high school in south central Kansas. She just ended her 10th year of teaching, with the last two in the heritage Spanish program. She is not a heritage speaker herself but is very passionate about the goals of the classes as she is raising three heritage speakers at home. As a Chicana growing up in the Midwest in the 90s, she felt empowered by the social movements of the 60s and 70s and has seen what learning about one’s own culture can do for confidence and belonging in an educational setting. She firmly believes that recognizing and actively fighting against patterns of bias and oppression and learning our true history are the first steps to liberation for all students.

Abelardo Almazán-Vázquez is in his 10th year teaching Spanish, coaching an all-gender soccer team, and teaching Latin Dance at The Putney School. He pursued his Licenciatura in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language at Universidad Internacional UNINTER and his Master’s degree in Latin American Studies at Cleveland State University. He has been presenting at various WL conferences, including “Best of Massachusetts” for MaFLA2018, co-founder of the MCTLC 2020 “BIPOC/Immigrant world language educators strand”, and honored to be the Keynote speaker for the GWATFL 2021 Spring Conference.

Diego Ojeda is a passionate Spanish teacher and an accomplished world language presenter. He has been recognized and awarded for his outstanding teaching style that he brings to the class and enjoys sharing with his colleagues.A native of Bogotá, Colombia, with many years of experience teaching in his native country and in the United States, Diego brings a refreshing, cultural awareness and innovative perspective to the teaching of the Spanish language. Diego’s instructional strategies can be easily adapted to any Spanish language proficiency level. Diego is co-founder of #langchat, a Twitter chat that has supported many world language educators in the US since 2011. He also is co-founder of #CharlaELE1 a Twitter chat where Spanish teachers around the world share and collaborate. Diego is currently the World Languages department chair at Louisville Collegiate School in Louisville, KY.

Sean Kreyling has founded and runs Reimagine Education Group and Language Learning Network. Sean speaks four languages, serves on the board of legal justice non-profit, has developed client programming and outreach for an edtech startup, is an accomplished world language teacher, and also establishes world language program partnerships with schools in both private and public sectors. Sean has designed and implemented trainings that include topics ranging from cultural competence to online world language instruction to special education to culturally responsive pedagogy. His degrees include Organizational Leadership from The Pennsylvania State University and Educational Leadership and the Reggio Emilia Approach from Antioch University.

Nina Hidalgo is a Michigan native who graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Spanish and Museum Studies. She spent a year at Universidad Austral de Chile where she studied language, culture and literature. Nina earned a teaching degree from Saginaw Valley State and a Master’s in Spanish Linguistics at New Mexico State University. Over the past 16 years, Nina has had the privilege of teaching Elementary, Middle, High School, and college students. This is Nina’s ninth year at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia where she has taught Spanish 1-4 and Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers 1-3. She is passionate about increasing proficiency through reading and empowering and amplifying the voices of heritage learners in the classroom and beyond.

Oscar Guzmán has taught Spanish Heritage Speakers at both the HIgh School and University settings in the cities of Palo Alto, Chicago and Philadelphia. He has served as the ACTFL Cinema Vice Chair and currently serves as an AP Spanish Language and Culture Reader for the College Board. Oscar has presented at different national public conferences and is a strong advocate for the use of authentic resources such as Literature and Film in the Spanish Classroom.

Bertha Delgadillo, NBCT is a high school Spanish teacher in Savannah, GA. Originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, MĂ©xico, she enjoys empowering teachers to continue to stay connected to their passion for world language teaching through sharing practical engagement & student agency strategies all while placing students at the center of the learning experience.

Rachel Rodriguez teaches Spanish and Spanish for heritage speakers at a small public Early College high school in Asheville, North Carolina. She started the Heritage Spanish courses in her district and is passionate about advocating for the integration of students’ home languages in all classrooms and school communities. Outside of the classroom she likes to travel, hike, garden, and spend time with her husband, dogs, goats, and chickens!

Courtney Nygaard teaches high school Spanish in Minnesota, where she resides with her husband and son. She especially loves teaching heritage speakers and is passionate about curriculum design. Courtney’s primary focus is on engaging students in learning through content-based instruction. She believes in empowering her students to become their best selves and that the best learning takes place when students are hooked on a topic that directly relates to their life experiences.

Marta Silva has created and developed a three-level Spanish as Heritage Language program at a public school district in Kansas. Frequent presenter at conferences and training sessions on topics related to heritage language education from raciolinguistics and culturally sustaining instructional perspectives, Silva is currently a PhD candidate researching teachers of Spanish as a second language’s experiences in classrooms where HL students share spaces with their monolingual peers. Her background in linguistics, her passion for words and poetry, and her constant learning from the communities she serves inform her practices.

Kristin Montgomery teaches Spanish and Spanish Language Arts in her hometown in Wisconsin. She has taught World Languages, ESL, and Social Studies in public and private schools in Spain, Switzerland, Singapore and the U.S. Since her time as a counselor at Concordia Language Villages, Kristin has been an advocate of immersion education and heritage language learning. She is on leave next year to teach at a trilingual school in MedellĂ­n, Colombia.

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