MaryLynn Halpin, 1st Grade Spanish Immersion

I grew up in Walla Walla and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. During my junior year at UW, I studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico…not so much because I was passionate about Spanish, but more because I wanted a break from school!

The joke was on me though, because while I was in Mexico, I found my passion for the Spanish language, which has pretty much influenced all my decisions from then on: adding Spanish as a major, moving to Bolivia to volunteer in a K-8 school for 3 years, working in a bilingual school in Walla Walla, doing my student teaching at John Stanford International School, and then subsequently working there as a 2/3 Spanish immersion teacher (after obtaining my masters in teaching from Seattle University in 2003), returning to Bolivia to volunteer for another 3 years, working as a 4th grade dual language teacher in the Northshore School District, and now…teaching 1st graders in the Spanish immersion program here at McDonald.

Learning a second language has definitely shaped the course of my life, which is why I’m so excited to be part of a school and community that values the things I’m passionate about.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy running, riding my bike, spending time with friends, reading, and traveling.

MaryLynn Halpin (formerly Powers)

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