by Katie Biesiada, Savannah Balily and Ryan Smith
“¿Comó está Usted?”(How are you?) This is one of the first phrases we learned in Spanish class. We, as students, have been given the wonderful opportunity to take part in this excitingcourse. However, it’s not about the class or our Spanish Club; it’s about the Spanish experience. That is what we receive as members of the Spanish Club. Here at Lyons Middle/Senior High School, Spanish Club has been a traditional activity in which 8th grade and high school students have participated in for 12 years.
But none of this would be possible without our “profesora loca.” Carrie Stock started Spanish Club at Lyons when she began her teaching career here in 1999. She has since created an environment in which we actually want to learn. Instead of lecturing us, she communicates with us through unique, personal stories. For example, she told us stories of her unusual Costa Rican experiences when she was studying abroad. Her exceptional ways of teaching make us strive for a better education, and she creates a classroom environment less aburrido (boring) and more divertido (fun). Learning a second language, along with experiencing the culture, is not easy, but Ms. Stock makes it emocionante (exciting)) and interesante (interesting).
Spanish Club gives us the opportunity to experience Spanish culture, while making it fun. Some of the things we do in Spanish Club include: taking a field trip to Casa Bonita in Denver for a scavenger hunt, visiting the Longmont Museum for the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities, monthly meetings to create skits, videos, and presentations, and fun activities like Salsa dancing and fiestas! In the near future, we plan to venture to 3 Margaritas where we will order and speak only in Spanish. Spanish Club has taught us a lot about Spanish culture and traditions in a great way because it’s not about the textbooks or lectures; it’s about going out there and experiencing it all face to face.