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Maritza Sloan


Candidate for AATSP President Elect

Maritza Sloan
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Saint Louis, MO



Summary of CV

Maritza Sloan received a B.A. degree in Spanish from Oklahoma State University and a M.A. in Education from Hamline University in Minnesota. She is currently working towards an Ed.D. in Social Justice from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. In addition to her degrees, she has studied Spanish literature at the University of Salamanca, and Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

This is her seventh year of teaching Spanish at Ladue Horton Watkins high School in Saint Louis, Missouri. Prior to Missouri, Maritza taught for 15 years at Plano Independent School District in Texas where she started the AP Spanish Literature curriculum for the district. After arriving at Ladue school district, Maritza started a chapter of the Spanish Honor Society and helped the other world languages in the school to start their own societies. She also advocated for the Seal of Biliteracy for the state of Missouri and helped Ladue become the first school in Missouri to award the Seal to 22 students in 2018 and 58 in 2019.

Maritza is a College Board AP consultant for Spanish Language and Culture and Spanish Literature and Culture.  She has presented many Spanish Language and Literature workshops and sessions at AATSP, APAC, MFLA, SWCLT, CSCTFL and ACTFL. Maritza served as the Secondary Education member and Co-Chair of the Curriculum Development Committee for AP Spanish Language and Culture from July 2015 till June 2019. She is a Co-Author of EntreCulturas 1 a Spanish text book. In 2012 she was named Texas Foreign Language Teacher of the year.

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Statement of Candidacy

I am a Spanish teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High school in Saint Louis, MO. I have been an active member of AATSP for 20 years and a sponsor of the SHH since 2001 when I opened a chapter in Plano, TX and now in MO. I have served the SHH in many capacities; as a regional director for zone 4, vice-president, president and now immediate past president. I have also been coordinator for the National Spanish Exam for the Lone Start Chapter in Texas. It is important for me to be involved in the organization because I have received many benefits as an educator and a consultant. I believe it is very important to keep an open network with my colleagues.  The convention theme this year was Juntos Más Fuertes: El Español y el Portugués and it is true that only together we can reach farther and reach more.

As president of the AATSP, I would like to promote the vision and mission of our organization in order to motivate more teachers to become members, especially elementary and middle school teachers who initiate the students’ path to learning Spanish. We need to introduce students to Spanish at a young age and keep them longer in our classrooms.

I would like to encourage more members to attend the annual convention where they will become invigorated with current ideas. I would like to recruit more high school teachers to present their best practices at our convention so that we can continue this network of learning so that “Juntos Seamos Más Fuertes”. It would be a great honor to serve you as president of the AATSP. 

Muchas gracias, muito obrigado!

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