Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Moreno
By Vanessa Urquidez
Mr. Moreno is the Holtville High School Spanish teacher and has been teaching at HHS for two years. He decided to become a Spanish teacher because he wanted to help students improve their skills and abilities when they use the beautiful language of Spanish. Mr. Moreno also enjoys to teach Spanish to those students who do not know the language of Cervantes (student who are not already fluent).
Mr. Moreno’s methods to engage his students include using technology in the classroom, such as “kahoot” or “quizizz”, which are websites where students can take quizzes and use digital flashcards to study. Additionally, he has been using several songs in Spanish, where they can sing, fill in the blanks, or just make a reflection of the lyrics. The most important method to engage his students is when he talks about sports or personal stories, which they enjoy.
He had the opportunity to attend different schools in Mexico and in United States. He started his education in Mexicali, Baja California, attending elementary and middle school.
“At that point in my life, I decided to move to Guanajuato, Mexico and matriculate for almost two years. It did not fit my needs so I came to Southwest High School for one year and finally, graduated from Calexico High School. At that moment, I did not know what to do with my life and started taking classes in Imperial Valley College. That is where I understood that I wanted to be a Spanish teacher. After some years in San Diego State University, I got my BA in Spanish and got my teaching credential in 2008,” Mr. Moreno said.
Mr. Moreno also stated that he enjoys teaching at Holtville High School, which has around 500 students. He feels the small school size makes it the perfect environment to teach and learn from his students. He enjoys every single day because he feels his students are the best in the Imperial Valley.