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Itza Torrez

AISD
Science Teacher
itza.torrez@austinisd.org
Hi and thank you for visiting my site! Here is a little bit about me ;)

I have always been an educator ever since I could remember... from pretending to be a teacher at a young age to teaching adolescents about sex education when I was in 8th grade through American YouthWorks. In High School I taught computer classes to unemployed and underemployed adults with Skillpoint Alliance. In college I continued to teach computer classes in English and Spanish and helped translate their curriculum from English to Spanish. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Spanish and minor in French. As a college student I taught Spanish at Robert E. Lee Elementary for 2 years and continued to teach computer classes. I got my Masters in Education with a minor in Special Education from Texas State University . I am currently the Dual Language Science teacher at Bedichek Middle School. I have 6 years of experience teaching science. Three years in 7th and three years in 6th grade science.

Even though this is the first year I taught the Dual Program...it feels natural to me, and i have enjoyed it so much. Even though I didn't know it then, I was raised in the Dual pedagogy. Not as you would believe as my parents forbid me to speak English at home and at School I was to speak English only, because back then you were either in Regular classes or Bilingual classes which really meant you needed to learn English, especially by 3rd grade to get ready for STAAR/TAKS. Thanks to this I grew up fluent in both. Being biltierate, biculture and bilingual opened so may doors for me and I feel it is my calling to do the same for others.

Now as a mother of a 5 year old boy and 13 year old girl, I am raising my children to be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. It is not easy as my children, as most children, prefer to speak English. I constantly have to monitor that they speak Spanish at home. My daughter is now in 8th grade and their is no Dual program for her...my son in going to Kinder and I need to make sure he is in Dual program as it is a struggle to get him to speak Spanish. I see all the benefits of being Fluent in more than one language and I want to share those benefits with our future generations.

I am honored to inform you I will be a Speaker at La Cosecha 2017 Dual Language Conference in New Mexico. So join my session and learn about Dual Language Strategies and day to day realities we face in school and out.