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Mrs. Zenaida Mendoza-López
I am beginning my 6th year teaching Spanish at Folsom Middle. I joined FMS in 2015 and have been the sole world language teacher. I love working with students and strive to share my passion everyday. I am a simultaneous bilingual learning Spanish and English at home growing up and learning the language academically since high school. I have also studied French and Italian in the past. Most recently, I had the opportunity to take three summer college courses. One focused on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to learn 5 spoken dialects for the stage: American Southern, Brooklyn, Standard English (Britain), Irish and French. Very fun to use! The other to understand and discuss diversity in theatre. Finally, the third was to learn a variety of techniques in Spanish using comprehensible input for student learning. I feel like there is always communicative tools that teachers can learn to share with students.
Along with languages, my other passion is producing theatre and leading international trips with students/parents! During the summer, I attended two virtual theatre festivals and became very inspired to change with the times. Our 2020 International trip to London, Paris and Barcelona has been moved to June 2021. It is open again for any interested travelers who would like to go together as a family. Our June 2022 trip to Spain and Italy is also still open. I hope that these trips will still happen, but we will see. We are not FCUSD sponsored in any way and we are on Instagram as well as "Folsom Viajadores". Traveling outside of the U.S. opens your eyes, makes you culturally aware of other communities in the world, and gives you the outdoor classroom perspective. It does change you or at least makes you more aware about yourself. Let me know if you want more information.