Catalina Rubio
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Spanish Teacher, Librarian

Catalina Rubio is a native Spanish speaker, born and educated in Colombia.  She joined Fisher Island Day School in 2008 as an Early Learning teacher, where she incorporated dual lessons in both English and Spanish.  In 2013, Catalina expanded the Spanish as a Second Language program to all FIDS students — Early Learning through Grade 5. 

In order to engage different learning styles, Catalina creatively designs her lessons with a student-centered approach. Her lower-school students become actively involved in the Spanish language in a natural way — using conversation, repetition, and visual motivation through songs, games, storytelling, flashcards, and more.  Catalina differentiates her lessons to upper-school students in order to develop their linguistic potentials.  The upper-school Spanish program consists of two tracks: Spanish for native speakers and Spanish for non-native speakers.  Both tracks are mindful of her students' needs and challenges — from basic vocabulary and grammatical structures to literacy analysis and geography examination.

Since 2014, Catalina has also served as FIDS's Media Center Specialist.  She organized the library into categories, orders new books each year, and is currently in the process of bar-coding all the books as the library continues to grow.

Catalina is an active member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the Universidad Libre de Colombia.  Additionally, she received her Master's degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from the Universidad de Granada in Spain.