Degrees and Certifications:
M.Ed. Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.S. Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
About Srta. Kleckauskas
Hi! My name is Kristy Kleckauskas, and I am thrilled to begin my 14th year teaching here at Hannah Beardsley and my 18th year teaching middle school! Perhaps you have a brother, sister, cousin, friend, or neighbor who has had me in the past for Spanish or LA/SS. If not, no worries! I absolutely love the community that is here at Hannah Beardsley and I love working with middle school students!
Although I did not study abroad while I was in college, I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to several different Spanish-speaking countries in the recent past. I've been to Costa Rica, Spain, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Experiencing the language and culture in each country was absolutely incredible! I have so many wonderful memories of and experiences from each trip - especially in the D.R. where I participated in a service trip in the small, rural town of Angostura. I love sharing my experiences with my students!
In my free time I enjoy: Spending time with my family and friends | traveling (especially to Spanish-speaking countries!!) | reading (non-fiction is my favorite because I love to learn!!) | staying active by working out, hiking, practicing yoga, dancing, and SUPing | scrapbooking and card making | gardening | cooking and baking (I love trying new recipes!).
As your teacher, I will strive to make learning Spanish fun, engaging, interactive, and meaningful. Being able to communicate in Spanish is incredibly helpful in today's society, so we will use lots of realia to make learning more hands-on and real-world applicable. We'll collaborate with students from other classrooms here at Hannah Beardsley and beyond the walls of our school using our Spanish skills as well as our Chromebooks. Technology is such a powerful tool and it is a privilege to be able to use these devices to aid us in our learning.
I look forward to meeting you on the first day of school! We're going to have a fantastic year! :-)