A Brighter Future for All - I am a Bilingual Teacher Video Transcript
A classroom blackboard is shown with various Spanish words on it. Student voices are heard speaking in Spanish. The chalkboard reads, “Me gusta el clima! Bicicleta, eclipse, claro…”
A flag hangs in the classroom and light, upbeat music begins.
Jocelyn Aguilar, B.S. ’18, speaks to the camera and is shown standing in front of her classroom teaching: “This is where I was meant to be ever since I was little. I would play, like, teacher at home, you know? And my mom always knew it, but they were always supportive of letting me know and go through the process of discovering what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. So it just…just means everything to me…to us. It’s for them. It’s for my parents. Like this diploma is for them. Everything I do it to make them proud.”
Jocelyn stands in front of the class and points to her lessons. Her students repeat out loud what she says in Spanish.
Jocelyn continues speaking: “So, I’m a first-grade dual language immersion Spanish teacher. It’s a really long title. But what we do here is I have 52 kids. And then half the day, they spend it in Spanish with me. So, with me, they’re learning math and Spanish phonics. And we also do science. And a little bit of cultural things, you know, to go along with the Spanish. And then we switch and they go to the English side with my English partner who speaks English to them. And then they do re-language arts and phonics and a bit of social studies in there.
Students look at Spanish picture books. Jocelyn chats with her students as they file out of her classroom for the day.
Jocelyn continues speaking: “So, I had friend who already gone through IUK and I just knew that going there was close by and I could still get the same IU degree. My classes weren’t going to be as big as a larger University but I didn’t really think I’d get so personal with my professors and that I’d actually get to know them. And that was really nice because it was easier to talk to them about questions or concerns I had. So that was probably one of my favorite parts about IUK too. Just getting to know my professors.”
Jocelyn continues teaching using a projector screen.
Jocelyn continues speaking: “I just want kids to look at me and know they can achieve their goals and their dreams. And my kiddos, they just…a lot of them relate to me. You know? They have the same type of background as I do. And it really means a lot for them to look at me and be like, ‘Wow, she’s bilingual, she’s a teacher! I can do that too!’ Or they can just be anything anywhere. And just know that as long as they put their heart and mind into something, they can achieve it.”
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