Thomas Tischler

Thomas Tischler – Abril 2012

9058083Thomas Tischler
Senior
Especialización: Español
Áreas secundarias de estudio: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Iniciado el 13 de noviembre 2011

When first told that I was Mr. April, I thought I was going to have to pose for a calendar to raise money or something, turns out I was mistaken.

Throughout my life, I have taken a shine to helping others. Ever since I was 13 and figured out that I would never be a professional baseball player, I have wanted to be a teacher in some capacity. Back home, Brookfield, IL (aka The ZOO), I have taught swim lessons and assisted at my old middle school in the ESL department. However, it wasn’t until my last year of high school that I took my first Spanish course, and we instantly clicked! I worked in several restaurants with workers of Latino descent, and I was able to listen and attempt to speak along with them. From there, I went on to continue learning the language up to this day.

Throughout my collegiate career, I have joined and done several teaching internships in the Chicago Public Schools through the Golden Apple Foundation and Illinois State’s own STEP-UP Program through the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline. Along with assistant-teaching in both Spanish and bilingual education classrooms, I have worked in several neighborhoods in the city with coaching different sports teams and translating. Specifically, in the Little Village (La Villita) neighborhood in Chicago, I still volunteer at the Boys & Girls club, tutoring the children with English and also coaching baseball and swimming clinics. Along with that, I also work with the Chicago White Sox as a nanny for some of the players’ children. Here, in Blono (Bloomington-Normal), I volunteer at the UNITY Community Center by molding the minds of the youth in a variety of subjects, while also assisting over at Kingsley Junior High School in the ESL department.

Currently, I am in my final semester, or chapter one might say, at Illinois State University. After graduation, I plan to find a teacher position or other trabajo where I can use Spanish to help others. Ideally, I would love to teach abroad, whether it is in Central or South America, or Spain. Wherever I do end up, I hope it is a position where I can use my language skills in order to help others, and eventually retire in Barcelona with my wife, Zooey Deschanel.

Remember my SDP brothers and sisters, “Let’s go forth under the guidance of the Spanish language.” Live by that, and the opportunities are endless. #truth

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