Phone: (708) 748-8105
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Science
Mrs. Bernadette Pérez
My name is Bernadette Pérez and I am delighted to be teaching Spanish in The Land, for a second year. I am a native Spanish speaker from Northwest Indiana but I was raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. As a proud Puerto Rican/ Mexican, I am excited to teach my native language and share my cultures with the students. I am a proud Boilermaker; I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Leadership from Purdue University Global (Boiler Up!). I transitioned to teaching after 15 years in higher education (at Purdue University Northwest), where I gained experience working in Human Resources, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs.
Living and traveling between the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Mexico has given me a better understanding of cultural nuances. While being Hispanic (Puerto Rican and Mexican in my case) implies that I have Spanish heritage/ language, culturally, Hispanics (Puerto Rican and Mexican in my case) only share the language, not the culture. Therefore, understanding the diversity of cultures within the Spanish-speaking countries/ communities helps communication and learning be more effective. I take advantage of my personal experiences in order to better teach the students. Like these cultural differences, I understand that each student has learning differences. Therefore, I am committed to having differentiated instruction in my class in order to provide a variety of learning opportunities for my students to achieve their goal. With that said, learning a language involves repetition, constant work, and lots of memorization. I trust that together – student, parent(s), and teacher – we will help our students achieve their goal.