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Seniors Conclude the Year with Cooking in Spanish Class


by Laura Proaño

The seniors in Señora Proaño's CHS Spanish IV class explored a variety of topics this year, including global concepts of beauty, human rights and refugees, the environment, current events, and exchanges with their penpals in Ecuador. In the last months of school, they made a special request to cook foods from Spanish-speaking countries since they missed this opportunity last year in Spanish III due to the pandemic. In response, Spanish Intern Teacher Señorita Castillo immediately offered to teach them how to make a tortilla española (Spanish omelet), a dish she has made countless times as her family is from Spain. During the last week of class, the students compared an online cooking video of a tortilla española and Señorita Castillo’s family recipe before preparing the delicious dish together. Highlands AFS exchange student from Spain, Elba Moreno, also joined the class to cook. The students in each CHS Spanish IV class then voted on a second dish they would like to prepare; one class selected patacones (fried plantains) while the other class selected churros. It was a fun and rewarding way to conclude their senior year after the challenging pandemic years of irregular school.  

Congratulations to the CHS Spanish IV Seniors!

  • Hannah Blythe
  • Justin Do
  • Patrick Due
  • Maria Fabregas
  • Seth Helgert
  • Kris Laser
  • Alli Love
  • Chiara Maioli
  • Erika Majocha
  • Kaleb Price
  • Logan Runyan
  • Lami Ware
  • Maera Williams

Highlands High School and Señora Proaño would like to extend a special thanks to Señorita Castillo who taught Spanish classes at Highlands during the 2021-2022 school year while completing her Masters of Teaching (MAT) at the University of Pittsburgh. She enriched student learning by bringing into the classroom new cultural and linguistic insights from her Spanish heritage and previous work experience in international banking in Latin America. ¡Muchas gracias Señorita Castillo!