Phone: 412-833-1600 ext.3103
Degrees and Certifications:
Duquesne University - B.A. - Spanish/B.S. - Secondary Education (2009) University of Pittsburgh - Masters of Foreign Language Education (expected graduation: Fall 2019)
My name is Maria Marchionna, and I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Spanish teacher at Fort Couch Middle School! I grew up in Hampton, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, but my love of the Spanish language and culture has taken me to Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico. I am currently in my eighth year of teaching, with experience in teaching grades K-12 in urban, suburban, private and public schools. These diverse teaching experiences have made me a dynamic and flexible teacher, and I believe in doing whatever possible to encourage all students to develop an interest in the Spanish-speaking world and its influence on our own cultures.
I graduated from Duquesne University in 2009, and being the lifelong learner that I am, I resumed my studies at The University of Pittsburgh in 2015. I have been working towards my Master’s in Foreign Language Education while teaching full time. It has been an exciting challenge that allows me to stay current with trends and research-based best practices in the field of foreign language education. In the spring of 2018, I completed an action research project where I explored the ways that one-to-one technology can be used in the classroom to develop students’ global competence. This research has validated my sociocultural approach to teaching, as well as my implementation of best practices for teaching middle school, according to the Association for Middle Level Education.
Students can expect activities in Spanish class that involve TPR (total physical response) movement, music, authentic videos, game-based learning, dramatic skits, creative projects, and team-building tasks. Students will also make interdisciplinary connections between art, math, science, history, geography, English language arts and Hispanic language and culture. Through these experiences, students will develop their interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in Spanish within the modes of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Throughout the year, I also enjoy providing students with opportunities to interact with native speakers and attend Spanish-speaking events in the city of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities.
I am looking forward to meeting you and to getting to know your student! Please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email. I am fully committed to working with you and helping your student succeed!