Amanda Romanski

Spanish

Education

¡Hola! My name is Amanda Romanski. I am currently in my third year of teaching Spanish at St. Joseph’s. Spanish has been a passion of mine since I first started learning the language in Middle School. I went on to receive my BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001, and my Masters of Arts in Language, Literature, and Translation from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2011. I have worked in schools as a translator and as a teacher for over ten years.

Philosophy

I believe that students have to be engaged in learning in order to develop a love for the subject. In my classroom, I try to achieve this by designing lessons with a variety of activities. I promote an exposure to foreign language and culture through songs, conversation, games, and various cultural lessons. I think that a good class combines these elements to keep students active, curious, and discovering. Because we can not extend a total foreign language emersion to outside the classroom walls, it is my hope that students at this age learn a little bit at a time, so ultimately they can extend beyond the basic in high school or college. I also want students to learn more about themselves as learners and the world around them along the way.

 

Interests

My husband and I just celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary and we welcomed our first son in 2013. We enjoy spending time together as a family. I am an avid cook and gardener. I also love to travel, but have not had much time to do that lately!