Saturday, November 9, 2019

Welcome | Bienvenidos

Hi! I'm Theresa; a mother, wife, lover of languages, online ESL teacher and middle school Spanish teacher of over 15 years. I love reading, spending time with my family, and meeting new people. I consider myself a lifelong learner (and wannabe traveler). As I continue on this teaching journey, I can't wait to share with you some of my successes (and failures - we've all had them!) in teaching.

Here's my story.

My Spanish education started in high school and continued on through college. I hold a Master's in Secondary Education. During my college studies I had an opportunity that changed my life, literally. I traveled to Costa Rica for a study abroad program and lived with a Costa Rican family. It was there that I gained confidence in speaking Spanish. It was also there that I met my husband. We are raising our children to be bilingual. Finding authentic material, not just for personal use, but also for the classroom, is extremely important to me.

For my fellow Costa Rica travelers you know the phrase pura vida well. But for those that do not, let me fill you in. Pura vida is a common phrase, one of the most popular in Costa Rica. In its literal translation it means "pure life" or "simple life". But it is much more than just a saying. Pura vida is a hello and a goodbye. It's a way of life. Some might compare it to the phrase "hakuna matata"; meaning "no worries" or "no problems".

From this, comes my inspiration and why I chose the name Pura Vida Language Resources.

For anyone passionate about second-language acquisition, or teaching in general, stay tuned! I look forward to sharing with you my personal stories, resources, tips, and tricks.


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