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Natalie Chilese

Job Title:

Instructional Technologist




Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



B.A. in Teaching Spanish, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Originally from:

Naperville, IL

Why I Teach:

My goal in teaching is to provide students with self-sufficiency, responsibility and empathy. Even though students may not go on to study another language, they still need the skills to communicate effectively and handle themselves in a global society.

Most powerful teaching technique:

The most effective tool I use in the classroom is the language itself. I try to communicate in Spanish to my students as much as possible to ensure that they receive enough language input.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Beyond learning a second language--which is an invaluable skill to have--the subject that I teach also addresses tolerance and perspective for all students. Not only do they learn the ideas behind other cultures, but they consequently learn about their own assumptions.

Favorite quotes:

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." John Dewey

Favorite trivia:

The language Esperanto was created to be an "international" language in the late 1800s and was intended to unite cultures that otherwise would not be able to speak. It combines Indo- European, Germanic and Slavic languages. It is now the most widely-used constructed language in the world and even boasts native speakers.

Recommended visual media:

It Happened One Night Pride and Prejudice Rear Window

Recommended reads:

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Cervantes

Hobbies or outside interests:

Reading, Baking, Writing, Watching films, Visiting museums

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