Nelcy Amaya

Nelcy Amaya

I am a Columbian by birth and Spanish is my first language. I am the PreK-8th grade Spanish instructor and facilitate the Spanish courses for high school at Hoover Christian School. Since I first started working at HCS in 2010, I have had a variety of jobs, however, helping students become bilingual is a passion for me.

Classroom Philosophy

Making sure my boys were bilingual--learning English at home and Spanish at school was important to me. I want to bring that same type of success to the students at HCS by teaching Spanish at school while they continue learning English at school and home. My principals for teaching are a second language to students are:

  • It has a positive effect on itellectual growth and enriches and enhances a child's mental development.
  • It leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • It improves a child's understanding of his/her native language.
  • It gives a child the ability to communicate with people s/he would otherwise not have the chance to know.
  • It opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
  • It gives a student a head start in language requirements for college.
  • It increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.

(Center for Applied Linguistics)