Imagine a passionate Energizer® bunny who, instead of playing drums, does the tango, salsa and merengue. That would be me! Once I started teaching, I found this energy to be one of my strongest assets. Given the fact that my Latin blood leaves little room for anything mellow or subdued, I am guilty of unleashing my enthusiasm upon my students and it tends to be contagious! I am not shy about my passions, and I love seeing my students get as excited as I am about what I am teaching.
I grew up speaking Spanish and English in Puerto Rico. There, my high school French teacher told us that by learning French, we get to be ourselves in a whole other language. It did not fully sink in at the time because I was already “myself” in two languages. Then I moved to Paris, France. What a joy it was to realize I did not have to spend my time there as a mime, struggling to make myself understood. I could still be me - in French! All of you, my students, have that ability as well. I want you to be yourself in Spanish. You may not be able to physically travel to somewhere like Puerto Rico during the school year, but I can bring Puerto Rico to you! I make my lessons come to life as much as possible. The more you apply those moments to your everyday life, the more excited you will be about learning!
I have taught Spanish in France and Spanish and French at both Orange and Northwood High Schools. I’m thrilled to be a member of the Woods family as a teacher and parent. It's going to be a fantastic year and I can't wait to get started!
Sabbagh is pronounced SÁ-BA (Like Yabba-dabba-doo!)