Hannah Sloan completed the M.A. program in 2015 while working as a high school Spanish
teacher. Since graduating, she has kept close ties with SLU by offering dual credit
courses to her high school students through SLU's 1818 program.
I am teaching at Orchard Farm High School in Saint Charles, Missouri. I was hired
to take over the upper-level courses. I am teaching Spanish III and IV for dual university
credit, and Spanish V to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam.
At that time of graduation, I was working at Timberland High School in Wentzville.
I taught levels 3 and 4 (AP). After earning an M.A. in Spanish, I became the World
Language Department Chair. I was able to teach dual enrollment courses for my upper
level students through Saint Louis University's 1818 Program. This program has been
very beneficial for high school students as they are able to receive a rigorous education
and college credits, at a much discounted tuition rate. Students are then able to
enter into the Spanish program at a higher level when they attend Saint Louis University
(or similar collegiate program).
Since receiving my SLU M.A., I have also taught in the Mehlville School District.
I now work at Orchard Farm High School, where I can fully use my education to benefit
the students of my community. I live only five miles away from the high school and
it is where my four children are likely to attend school in the future.
The M.A. program at SLU was amazing! The in-depth conversations with peers at a similar
fluency level in Spanish is what truly helped me strengthen my skills as a speaker.
I felt more and more confident to discuss literature and topics relating to Hispanic
cultures in Spanish with my own students. I was able to bring my passion for learning
and my sharpened skills to my own classroom. Although some students struggled with
the AP exam, I am proud to say that the great majority of my students pass with a
score of 3 or 4. My confidence as a Spanish speaker rose tremendously with each course
that I took at the M.A. level. I feel completely prepared to teach college-ready students
full-time next year. SLU has given me the knowledge and tools to build second-language
fluency in my community.