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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

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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, PhD
Research Manager and Curriculum Associate
Claudia Cameratti-Baeza is a post doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan School of Education. She has been a passionate teacher educator and researcher for 15 years both in Chile, her home country, and in the United States working at the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership. Her work in A2LP focuses on documenting and organizing programmatic data, as well as managing research initiatives that promote the continuous improvement of the program.
Martha Epperson
Graduate Student Instructor
Martha Epperson is a student in the University of Michigan’s School of Education Teaching and Teacher Education doctoral program. Prior to her arrival in Michigan, Martha served as an English Language Fellow in Chile, training public school teachers on behalf of the Chilean Ministry of Education. She has taught English to immigrant and refugee children in US public schools as well as English as a foreign language in Europe and Puerto Rico.
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.
Alex Ngo
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a senior double majoring in International Studies and Spanish, and this school year will be my third year teaching with A2LP. I love being able to use my Spanish with the students and engaging them to learn about other cultures. I am not on the track to become an elementary school teacher, but the experiences and skills I have gained from this program are valuable to any career path.
Shai Wallman
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Shai Wallman and I am a sophomore from Brookfield, CT. I am a business major, but plan on leveraging that with my continuing Spanish education as either a minor or double major. My passion for Spanish began as sophomore in high school, when I spent three months living with a host family in Peru. I worked as an elementary school tutor my junior and senior year, and cannot wait to begin my experience working with A2LP!
Maya Youness
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a sophomore in the Residential College, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. I’ve taken Spanish every year since 6th grade, and I’ve been to a few Spanish-speaking countries – I spent a month in Chile teaching English in an all-girls’ public school. I also tutored Spanish in high school, among other subjects, and I have experience in researching Spanish linguistics here at U of M.
Natalie Sullivan
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Natalie Sullivan and I’m currently a sophomore at The University of Michigan. I have been studying Spanish for almost 7 years now, and plan to graduate with a Spanish minor. My major is currently undecided, but I’m leaning towards Computer Science. I love working with kids and hope that my past experience camp counseling and tutoring will help make this opportunity worthwhile.
Natalie Zimmerman
Language Teaching Assistant
Natalie is a junior at the University of Michigan. She’s majoring in political science and international studies and minoring in gender and health. When she’s not in the classroom, she’s working with Gamma Phi Beta, Dance Marathon, Wolverine Support Network, or coaching Girls on the Run! She loves Michigan football and macaroni and cheese. Natalie also works at the Museum of Natural History, so go hang out with her and dinosaurs there!
Carli Delecki
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Carli. I am a junior majoring in International Studies and Spanish from Fenton, MI. I don’t have any teaching background but I have been taking Spanish classes since sixth grade and spent five weeks abroad this summer living with a host family in Salamanca, Spain. I have a nanny job during the school year, so I love kids and am super excited for the opportunity to teach this upcoming year!
Kalen Church
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Kalen Church and I am a sophomore hoping to pursue Elementary Education. I grew up in Northern Michigan and have a love for working with kids. I have been taking Spanish classes since I was in middle school, and have always loved the language. A2LP is a great program that allows me to combine a unique way of practicing Spanish with my love for teaching and working with kids!
Natalia Cuevas
Language Teaching Assistant
Hello! My name is Natalia Cuevas and I am a junior at the University of Michigan! I am pursuing a BFA and a minor in Latino Studies. I was born and raised in the city of Chicago and grew up in a Spanish speaking household; meaning I am a native Spanish speaker and I hope to spread my love of the language to others by promoting cultural awareness and multi cultural celebration within the classroom.
Miguel Ochoa
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a junior majoring in Spanish. I am from Panama and Spanish is my native language. I enjoy working with kids and am excited to pass on my knowledge of the Spanish language to our next generations. When I am outside the classroom, I am also a photographer and DJ.
Elena Smith
Language Teaching Assistant
Elena Smith is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida studying Political Science. She has been taking Spanish classes for five years and has travelled to different Spanish-speaking countries for service trips and immersion programs. Elena has volunteered in teaching settings like art classes and summer camps, but The Ann Arbor Learning Project will be her first classroom teaching experience! Going to the beach and cooking with friends are some of her favorite things to do.
Issa El-Amir
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Issa El-amir. I will be a sophomore this upcoming school year. My intended major is Aerospace Engineering with a Computer Science minor. I someday hope to also get my certification in teaching. I have taken Spanish classes for 6 years and tutored in it for a year. I also have tutored in Math and English for 5 consecutive summers. I am extremely excited to work in a classroom setting this year.
Leah Weinstein
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Leah Weinstein and I am a sophomore from Chicago, IL. I am double majoring in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Gender & Health. I’ve been taking Spanish in school since Kindergarten, but this will be my first time teaching it! I have previously volunteered with 3rd and 4th graders as a teacher’s aide, and have traveled to Argentina, Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. I’m super excited to be teaching with A2LP this year and can’t wait to get to know the kids!
Mayah Wheeler
Language Teaching Assistant
¡Hola! My name is Mayah and I am ecstatic about working with your children this fall! I have been working with kids for a little over four years. Some of my experiences in education include teaching English to Ecuadorian students and working as a translator at Foundations Preschool in Ann Arbor. I am passionate about equitable education for all students so I plan to major in Spanish and attend graduate school to study Elementary Education.
Melissa Deneau
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a senior studying International Security, Norms and Cooperation, as well as Law, Justice and Social Change. I have studied Spanish for 6 years and plan on living abroad for a year after graduation to further improve my Spanish language skills. While I have never taught Spanish, I have taught English to a Korean family. I also meet with international students and scholars every week through a program called Conversation Circles, where we have casual conversations to improve participants’ English.
Daniela Mancilla
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Daniela Mancilla, I was born and raised in Mexico, so Spanish is my first language. My planned major is Biochemistry, with a pre-med track, so career wise, I want to be a pediatrician. I have not had a lot of teaching experience, but I’m excited to teach Spanish to students.
Tiffany Chen
Language Teaching Assistant
I’m currently a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish, and I started taking Spanish classes in 6th grade and have continued every year until now! This past summer, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Santiago, Chile. I’m very excited for my first year with A2LP and truly love the language and culture, so I can’t wait to share this passion with more youth!
Niki Wilkinson
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. I have been studying Spanish since the start of high school and have loved every minute spent learning the language! I traveled to Spain last spring, where I had the incredible opportunity to live with a Spanish-speaking family and take classes at a local university. I can’t wait to share my love of Spanish with a group of students!
Kayce Mullet
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a Global Health and Environment major and a Spanish minor. I spent the past summer studying abroad in Spain and falling in love with the Spanish language and culture. I love Spanish because it allows me to connect with people who don’t speak the same language as I do, and I can’t wait to share my passion with students much younger than I am.
Carolyn Andonian
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a senior studying Neuroscience with plans of attending medical school in a couple of years. I was born in Mexico and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan during third grade. Along with A2LP, I’m also a literacy tutor and work with elementary school students in Detroit through the America Reads program. I’m very excited to be able to share not just my native language but also my cultural experiences with the students through A2LP!
Mikaela Bradley
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a sophomore in the LSA Honors College studying Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience as well as Spanish. I have studied Spanish for 14 years through an immersion school and I hope to study abroad in Spain next summer. Also, I have worked with elementary school children since high school through various mentoring clubs. I am excited to join A2LP and combine two of my passions by sharing my love for Spanish with other kids!
Mandy Versalle
Language Teaching Assistant
My name is Mandy, and I’m a senior studying English, Spanish, and Women’s Studies. I hail from Muskegon, Michigan, where I started studying Spanish in elementary school. My love for the language developed most significantly in high school, however, when I put my knowledge to the test through traveling. Now in college, I’m pursuing my love for languages and teaching, and I’m so excited to help students learn a second language while making A2LP my home for the next year.
Iman Mamnoon
Language Teaching Assistant
Hi! My name is Iman and I am from Buffalo, NY. I am hoping to double major in Spanish and Cognitive Science with a minor in Computer Science. I have been studying Spanish since middle school and have been on two exchange programs, to Spain and Argentina. In high school, I worked as a Tae Kwon Do instructor and summer camp counselor thus developing a love for kids. Usually I spend my free time playing rugby and eating sushi whenever possible.
Charlie DeJonge
Language Teaching Assistant
I am currently a senior, studying Political Science and minoring in Spanish. I grew up in Grand Rapids and have been studying Spanish since I was in elementary school. I spent this past semester studying Spanish in Valencia, Spain where I lived with a host family and got to experience the true Spanish culture and lifestyle.
Clare Kucera
Language Teaching Assistant
I am a senior with a double major in Spanish and Program in the Environment. I have been studying Spanish for over eight years and I love it! I recently had the opportunity to spend a summer studying abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I lived with a host family which excelled my Spanish speaking skills greatly. I also have experience working at a migrant daycare center where I taught Spanish and English to children.
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!

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