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Bonjour! ¡Hola! My name is Lisa Bartels, and my curriculum company is Explore! Curriculum. I’m an experienced, enthusiastic classroom teacher who loves developing activities to help my students EXPLORE! I’ve taught English, French, and Spanish in grades 6-12 for over 20 years; 12 of those years were in international schools in Cameroon, Africa and in the Philippines. I'm currently helping build a French magnet program for middle school. I’m also a frequent workshop presenter, and I love helping teachers deepen their reading, vocabulary, and speaking instruction in their classrooms. Reach out if you’d like to discuss my workshop offerings!
My Teaching Style
I believe the best learning is guided play, and my resources are designed to help students experience the joy of discovering new content. I use comprehensible input, lots of production, and a hands-on / kinesthetic element for reinforcing language structure. Please EXPLORE! my store for these great resources: Conversation Templates to help students engage in real interpersonal speaking, Authentic Vocabulary to introduce vocabulary through authentic sources (coming soon in French and Spanish), Randomized Dot to Dot’s to help language students practice hearing and saying numbers, and more exciting resources coming soon!
Honors / Awards / Shining teacher moment
- Voted a Top Ten Presenter at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina conference, 2019 and 2020. - Vice President of NC-AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) - Teacher of the Year building finalist 2017 and 2019
My own educational history
- NBCT certification (French) 2017 - M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2009 - Institut Français des Alpes, semester immersion program, mention bien, 2004 - B.A. French, Spanish Minor, Wheaton College (IL), 1997
Additional Biographical Information
When I'm not writing curriculum, I am usually volunteering at church or camping and jet skiing with my husband, four kids, Luna the dog, and el Picador, our pet hedgehog.