• Elevate K-12

Instructor of the Month - Allyssa S.

Welcome to another ETalk, where we introduce an amazing person at Elevate K-12 involved in revolutionizing education through high-quality live online instruction inside schools!

Name: Allyssa S.

Location: Tea, South Dakota

Experience With Elevate K-12: 1 year

Expert/Superstar In: Spanish

What excites you most about teaching your particular subject?

My favorite part about teaching Spanish is the culture. I really enjoy learning and teaching about how other cultures are different from our own.

How do you make live, online instruction engaging?

I try to get to know each student and build a meaningful connection with them. Having this connection really makes a difference in any kind of classroom!

What strategies do you use to effectively reach your students who are working below grade-level expectations?

For the students working below grade level, I try to reach out to them more frequently. I will also implement scaffolding techniques when I call on that student.

What do you like about working from home/remotely?

I really enjoy being able to work from wherever I am. I also like all the different features and platforms I can use with Elevate K-12.

How do you ensure your students have been successful whether they're learning at home, school, or both?

I give my students opportunities to study in class, review, and retake. I also ensure I am always uploading various resources for the students to use outside of the classroom.

Describe your best moment teaching live and online. Be specific!

When I first started teaching at a Texas school, it was tough. The students were talking over me, weren't paying attention, and weren't signing in. One day, I showed empathy towards a student that was never signing in. I told him I was worried about him because I had never seen him participate. I wasn't even sure if he was there everyday! All of a sudden, he signed in and apologized for not doing so to begin with. To my surprise, he has been the best participator in class since!

Tell us a little more about who you are what do you like to do?

I enjoy traveling, so during the summer months I live in South Dakota and during the winter months I live in Florida. We are true snow birds because the winters get really cold in South Dakota! I have a husband and a 4-year-old daughter and we are all bilingual.


Allyssa S.

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