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Member Spotlight

Every month, the AATSP “spotlights” one of its members in an attempt to recognize the many ways in which AATSP members promote the study and teaching of Spanish and/or Portuguese at all levels of education. We invite you to read the current spotlight below. You can also click at the bottom of this page to view archived spotlights. 



Natalie Taylor Bock

 

San Antonio Academy

San Antonio, TX

 

 

Statement

I am honored to have been selected by AATSP for a scholarship towards a study-abroad opportunity for Spanish teachers. For two weeks this past summer, I participated in a program called The True Spanish Experience in the dramatically beautiful city of Cuenca, Spain. This adventure, for which I’m extremely grateful, was the next great step in a lifetime of fascination for all things Spanish.

After studying Spanish in high school and college, my language skills took me on several church mission trips to Latin America, and to my first job as a college graduate, right in the heart of Mexico City. This experience gave me the confidence that I could thrive as a foreigner in a Spanish-speaking country.

I desired to share my excitement for this language and its culture with a new generation of students, who might, like me, try to use their skills to bridge worlds, leading to a brighter future for all. The world of education beckoned, and after a few years in bilingual marketing, I became a teacher.

My greatest satisfaction in teaching comes from visits with past students, returning years later eager to share stories of their own travels across the Spanish-speaking world, where they forged new friendships, learned marvelous new things, or helped improve someone’s life by serving as a medical professional or translator on a medical mission outreach. Sharing language skills to help bring communities together is my life’s passion, and I’m blessed to spend every day creating this reality.

 

Biography


Natalie graduated Magna cum Laude from Texas Christian University, double-majoring in Spanish and Radio-TV-film, with a double minor in Journalism and General Business.  Her first job out of college was as a bilingual Public Relations Director at Edelman Public Relations in Mexico City. A six-year career in Texas as a Director of Diversity Marketing at an international telecommunications company followed.

After deciding it was time for a career change, Natalie was fortunate to find a great job teaching Spanish at a premiere boys’ school in San Antonio, Texas.  Fifteen years later, she still finds herself at San Antonio Academy, now teaching Spanish 1 in the 7th and 8th grades, and it continues to be a dream job.

Natalie attended night class to earn her Texas teaching certification, and stays abreast of the latest in Modern Language and gender-based teaching practices by participating in conferences and symposiums yearly hosted by high-profile teaching organizations including AATSP. She thrives on the challenge of making second-language acquisition meaningful and exciting to the unique audience of middle-school boys, and constantly incorporates new techniques for bringing the language and its people home to her boys.  

 

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