My name is Nicole Thompson and I am from New Berlin, Wisconsin. I began studying journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August 2007 but quickly learned that it was not the career path for me. After a transformative service learning experience, I developed a passion for education and became a College of Education student studying Middle and Secondary Education and Spanish. I pushed Marquette to develop a bilingual education program with the help of Dr. Martin Scanlan. Marquette did develop that program in 2011. I have become fascinated by the theory, methods, politics and policies behind bilingual education and many of my travel experiences highlighted in my undergraduate study abroad blog have shown me the importance of bilingualism.
After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Middle/Secondary Education and Spanish in December 2011 from Marquette University, I worked as a long-term sub at several Milwaukee-area high schools teaching Spanish. I moved abroad in 2013 to pursue a Maestría en Ciencias del Lenguaje degree from the Universidad Nacional de Salta in Salta, Argentina thanks to Rotary International and District 6270. I was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and during my eleven months in Salta, I finished all graduate coursework (except writing my master’s thesis), was actively involved in the local Rotary Club Valle de Lerma, worked as a volunteer English teacher at an English institute and a local school. I also researched bilingual education policy in Northwestern Argentina, mastered the Spanish language (earning a level C1 award from Instituto Cervantes’ DELE), started learning Portuguese, and picked up running as a hobby.If you are interested in the Ambassadorial program (which is changing after this year), lots of information is available on the Rotary website and on the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship page on my blog. Rotary continues to offer a wonderful variety of scholarship programs that are worth looking into. Here you will find my Rotary Final Report in English and Spanish that details my experiences.
I am now back in Wisconsin and am teaching Spanish atSussex Hamilton High School. In my free time here I enjoy finding new ideas on Pinterest, finding new Spanish teaching resources, cooking, spending time with friends, drinking coffee, doing yoga, running, spending money I shouldn’t be spending, and looking through my pictures from Argentina. I also love listening to music, both in Spanish and English, and keeping up with the latest episodes of Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, The Amazing Race, House Hunters, and Scandal. I also enjoy spending time with the plethora of pets we have at home that I missed very much while I was abroad. I will be looking for a Spanish teaching job for the 2014-2015 school year, so here is a link to my most current resume in Spanish and English! If you want to get in touch, e-mail me at nicolethompson427 (at) gmail (dot) com!