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3 Hours Per Week

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Can you give us three hours a week for teaching time?

Weekly Seminar

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Can you attend a weekly seminar on Friday mornings?

Hands On

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Do you want to practice your Spanish while working with kids in the community?

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The Ann Arbor Languages Partnership (A2LP) offers an opportunity to University of Michigan students to teach Spanish to 3rd and 4th graders in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

About US

Who Are We, Where We're Going
An innovative partnership with Ann Arbor Public Schools provides Spanish language instruction

A2LP teaches undergraduates how to teach Spanish to 3rd and 4th graders in Ann Arbor Public Schools. We're a big program! We teach nearly 2,000 students per week, and we’re in more than 75 classrooms and 19 schools. Each year we have about 75 undergraduate students, whom we call Language Teaching Assistants (LTAs), teaching those 3rd and 4th graders. Our undergraduates develop amazing skills in instruction, group facilitation and management, learning design,and assessment; in addition, they also develop significant leadership skills. These students emerge from A2LP with a sense of confidence and purpose that few other course experiences can provide.

Our work is founded on a commitment to promote learning, for our LTAs and for the wonderful kids in elementary classrooms. It is also based on a strong sense of collaboration between all the members of our community. Although we provide detailed lesson plans for each lesson, we support the collaboration between LTAs to enhance and adapt the lessons to the learning needs of the different classrooms in which they teach.

We also maintain close connection with what is happening in the elementary classrooms, by observing LTAs frequently and by supporting their teaching with feedback targeted to address the specific characteristics of each classroom. The Seminar experience every week allows us to integrate teaching principles with the experiences that our LTAs create every week in their teaching placements.

  • Intensive Preparation

    in teaching Spanish at the elementary level

  • Extensive Clinical Placements

    through collaboration with the Ann Arbor Public Schools

  • 19 Schools, 75 Classrooms

    In 2014, we taught introductory Spanish to more than 1700 children in the Ann Public Schools

  • A2LP Alumni

    A2LP alumni are currently working in multiple industries across the U.S. including business, communications, medicine, and teaching.

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OUR COMMUNITY

Maria J. Coolican
Director
Maria Coolican’s interests and expertise include second language acquisition theory and practices, student teacher learning and development, and the role and phenomenon of failure in preservice teacher education. She has extensive experience as a high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
Heather Dornoff
Program Manager
Heather Dornoff’s work with A2LP focuses on program development and oversight as well as recruitment. She has been at the University of Michigan for more than 20 years enjoying roles in research and public engagement. She loves working with the A2LP community of students, staff, alumni and community partners.
Claudia Cameratti-Baeza
Seminar Instructor
Claudia Cameratti-Baeza is a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Education in the Teaching and Teacher Education doctoral program. She has been a passionate teacher educator for 15 years both in Chile, her home country, and in the United States working at the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership. She is interested in supporting Language Teaching Assistants (LTAs) as they learn and develop their teaching in the program, hoping that this year results in a wonderful experience.
Ann Crowley
Observation Instructor
Ann Crowley taught Spanish for 31 years at Chelsea High School and is now retired. She attended Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Michigan State University. She has lived and studied in Spain. Ann truly enjoyed working with the A2LP program last year. She is interested in helping the teaching interns do their very best by offering feedback and suggestions in a non-threatening, professional manner.
Tory Colbert
Language Teaching Assistant
I fell in love with Spanish while studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain in high school. While I am not studying Spanish at Michigan, A2LP allows me to practice my Spanish in a fun and unique way.
Elaina Rahrig
Language Teaching Assistant
Elaina Rahrig is a prelaw sophomore from Grand Rapids, Michigan studying political science and Spanish. On campus, she is involved in LSA Student Government, the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club. Elaina joined A2LP because she loves Spanish and working with kids. Her favorite parts of the program are singing the “adios” song at the end of each class in different styles (e.g. opera, rap) and getting to know the students.
Audrey Niemchick
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) and Spanish major and have learning Spanish since I was in 8th grade. I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain this past summer! I also taught Spanish to second graders when I was in high school. I hope to be a pediatric dentist one day, so it’s great to be able to work with kids twice a week. A2LP is an amazing program and I love my students!
Emily Roy
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a current Senior studying International Studies and Spanish. My love for Spanish goes back to grade school, which I hope to inspire in my fourth graders. I studied abroad in Barcelona my junior year, where I practiced my speaking skills. I have also used Spanish professionally while working for an immigration reform organization.
Haley Garner
Language Teaching Assistant
One of my majors as an undergraduate student was Spanish, so I decided to enroll in A2LP. I fell in love with the program and it was the biggest influence in my decision to become a teacher.
Jackie Alvarez
Language Teaching Assistant
¡Hola, Yo soy la Señorita Jackie! I’m an inner-city girl with a small town girl’s heart. I was born and raised in the infamous Motor City. I became bilingual at a very young age; I attended a Spanish immersion elementary and middle school. Through A2LP I am able to play in role in teaching students a second, or sometimes even a third language, and in doing so I believe that I am helping them become more apt to participate in a globalized society.
Maria Lopez
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Maria Lopez. I am a junior at the University in Michigan, majoring in Spanish and minoring in Translation Studies. I am a native Spanish speaker and it is fulfilling to be able to share my language with others. I have been teaching 4th grade Spanish for two years now and I want to continue teaching after I graduate.
Sarah Musson
Language Teaching Assistant
I grew up speaking Spanish and English because my mother is fluent in both. I’ve been to Mexico (vacation) and Costa Rica (mission trip) and I plan to study abroad in Spain in 2017. I have six nieces and one nephew and I nanny in the summer, so it’s safe to say that I really like spending time with kids. I enjoy A2LP because it combines my passion for Spanish with my love for children!
Sarah Franklin
Language Teaching Assistant
Sarah is a Senior at U of M studying Spanish, Women’s Studies, and Linguistics. She will be studying abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain this summer to round out her language and culture knowledge. She loves working with children and hopes to continue doing so in the future.
Meagan Shokar
L2TA
Meagan is a senior, studying Cognitive Science: Language and Cognition. This is Meagan’s third semester teaching Spanish at Logan Elementary, where she had the distinct pleasure of moving with her third grade classes up to fourth grade this past Fall. Meagan plans to pursue a career in education, especially in language-learning contexts.
Carlos Van Wees
L2TA
A2LP has given me the chance to expand my teaching experience through actual classroom time with real students. The program helped me realize that I truly enjoy working with students of any age and that I might want to share my knowledge and passion of Cellular & Molecular Biology (my major at U-M) with others in my future. Although I am planning on going into secondary education, I feel like A2LP has given me good initial preparation on how to manage a classroom throughout a given lesson.
Linda Camaj
L2TA
Linda is a 5th year senior studying Bimolecular Science and Spanish. She has been with A2LP for two years and has enjoyed the unique opportunity to teach Spanish to fourth grade students at Pittsfield Elementary. She plans to apply to medical school this spring, and would love to be involved in health education in the near future. Teaching through A2LP has equipped her with many important skills she will use in her future endeavors.
Erin Hescott
Alumni
Erin is a 2015 University of Michigan graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies and a minor in Community Action and Social Change, and works for an advertising agency in Chicago, IL . She has a passion for education and Spanish, and continues to work with youth in her community.
Emma Ward
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and International Studies, studying different cultures with a focus on Latin America and Spanish. I have taken Spanish for six years now and love working with children, so this was a great program for me to try. I have enjoyed working with A2LP, it has really helped me to become less afraid of talking in public and I have really enjoyed teaching the children Spanish.
Jordan Hite
Language Teaching Assistant
I am majoring in Linguistics and Romance Languages (Spanish and Portuguese). I’ve studied Spanish since seventh grade and have always had a passion for learning about the language. I teach fourth grade at Carpenter Elementary—my teaching partner and I are so lucky to have been placed in such a wonderful school with such a wonderful principal—not to mention our wonderful students! The best feeling is seeing my kids’ faces light up when we walk into the room.
Alexandra Ngo
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a sophomore double majoring in International Studies and Spanish. I plan on working in some form of international politics, but Spanish has always been a passion of mine. While in high school, I studied abroad in Spain, but I plan on studying or working abroad while in college too. I am a part of A2LP because I want to apply my Spanish speaking skills in a way different than writing essay after essay.
Daniel J. Weiss
Language Teaching Assistant
Hi! I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain for 6 weeks my Sophomore summer and then in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 6 months in the winter of my junior year. Learning a new language opens up a totally different world from what you are accustomed to. Adjectives and nouns are switched. Things sound funny. You understand why foreigners talk the way they do. It is a bridge into another culture/way of life. That is part of the reason teaching these kids is so cool and why I chose to participate in the program!
Efrain P. Segarra
Language Teaching Assistant
I’m a senior in Physics, with a passion for Hispanic culture and language. A2LP is an amazing opportunity for anyone looking for some extra practice with Spanish to those who wish to pursue the education profession. It’s the perfect class to balance out the stress in your life – my students continue to surprise and make me smile.
Taylor Thorn
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a junior studying Spanish and Communications. I have loved learning Spanish since middle school and am very passionate about the language and culture. I have plans to study abroad in Santiago, Spain before I graduate. I have never taught before, but I was a nanny for several years for school age children. Experiencing Spanish as a student and a teacher has been a truly enriching opportunity.
Arianna Dixon
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a sophomore studying Spanish Education. I have been studying Spanish for eight years now and I love it! In this past year, I have had the opportunity to go abroad twice. In the summer of 2015 I spent a month and a half in southern Mexico working at a migrant shelter, volunteering and talking to migrants to hear their stories. Also, over winter break I was in Honduras helping build a school with an organization called Students Helping Honduras that seeks to combat poverty and gang violence through education.
Caroline Black
Language Teaching Assistant
I have been learning Spanish since I was in 4th grade, ten years ago. In high school, I lived with a family in Santiago, Panamá for two summers and volunteered at a center for malnourished children. I also did an exchange program with a girl in Madrid, Spain. These experiences have helped to foster my love of Spanish and I am now a Spanish Major at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor!
Meghan Berry
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a senior majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I have been a summer camp director for the city of Ann Arbor for four summers, and I am really excited to bring that experience into the classroom.
Sharae Franklin
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a sophomore from Detroit studying Elementary Education. I have studied Spanish since first being introduced to it in middle school. I love working with children and watching them develop more confidence in their ability as learners but also as teachers as well; I am able to learn just as much from them as they may learn from me. They have shown me the importance of being flexible, prepared for the unexpected, and simply having fun!
Nicole LaPlena
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a senior studying Psychology and Spanish. My passion for Spanish language and culture began when I was in high school. I knew that I had to study it in college. I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain the summer after my sophomore year of college and that passion grew even more. A2LP has given me the opportunity to combine two things that I love: working with children and Spanish.
C.C. Holbert
Language Teaching Assistant
I am an English major and a Spanish minor studying in the LSA Honors Program. I absolutely love the Spanish language and feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to ignite this passion in younger students. A2LP is a great program that taught me a lot about what it means to be a teacher and gave me invaluable experience as an undergraduate.
Julia Reid
Language Teaching Assistant
I’ve always loved Spanish and after doing a homestay program in Turrialba, Costa Rica after my sophomore year in high school, I made myself a personal goal of being fluent in Spanish by the time I graduate from college. I also love working with kids, whether it be babysitting, tutoring, counseling, etc, so A2LP seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to combine my passion for Spanish with my passion for working with kids. It has been nothing but a positive experience so far!
Lauren Maluchnik
Language Teaching Assistant
I am from Saint Clair Shores, with a major in Spanish and a Mathematics minor. My end goal is to be a teacher and I honestly love creating connections with other people through learning processes. I am so happy I chose to be a part of A2LP because visiting my students has been the BEST part of my week for 39 weeks and counting.
Katie Loftus
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a Junior studying Communications and Spanish. After studying abroad in Granada, Spain during Winter 2015, I re-joined A2LP and have loved every moment since! Education and education reform is a passion of mine, so having the opportunity to combine my own language learning with teaching through A2LP has been one of the highlights of my time at The University of Michigan!

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