We continue our series of profiles on the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education with Claudia Abboud, a Spanish teacher at East Lake Elementary. Abboud was born and raised in Mexico, and holds a teaching certificate from Mexico that sheI received from Anglo-Americano de Mexico. She taught core subjects in English for six years at an elementary school.
While working full time as a teacher, Abboud btained a degree in international business administration at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, earning the second-highest grade-point average out of 600 graduates. She moved to Atlanta eight years ago and has been a Spanish teacher ever since. She earned her teaching certificate in 2005 and I earned two additional endorsements in reading and ESOL, and earned a master’s degree in Spanish language and culture from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
As part of the Science Committee at East Lake, Abboud helps students with their science projects during the One Academic Fair in the fall. She also helps a group of selected students to prepare to enter the Gifted Program of APS. “I tutor some students every Wednesday in reading and language arts and I support teachers in any way I can throughout the school year,” Abboud says. “I was also part of a group of mentor foreign language teachers. I helped new foreign language teachers obtained the information necessary to get their certification. I also held some workshops for them and help them create props and materials for their teaching.”
Abboud’s Atlanta Families’ Awards’ project will feature an in-school field trip and bring some cultural activities for her students that aligns with the new Georgia Standards to enrich her students’ knowledge. “During this project, my students will revisit the different Spanish-speaking countries,” she explains. “They will gather information, create artifacts and emerge in the target language and culture. As a result of these activities, students will learn from real-world experiences and they will become more sensitive and understanding of others’ cultures and beliefs.”
Abboud says that students need to make connections with what is being taught. “I hope they become more sensitive to cultures we’re talking about to make that real-world connection,” she says. “I hope this will spark them to get involved in our next project, a trip to Spain.”