Collage of the headshots of (starting from top left) Maureen Darcy, Verónica Valentín,and Luke Westman.

What’s Working: Getting Language Students to Talk

with Academy Fellows Maureen Darcy, Verónica Valentín, and Luke Westman
Monday, February 22, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

The holy grail of language instruction: conversation, conversation, conversation. Discover how savvy use of small groups, online instruction apps, and visually appealing resources help draw kids into discussion. Join us!

Maureen Darcy teaches French and Spanish at the Professional Children’s School. Having studied French, linguistics, Arabic, and English as a Second Language, she enjoys sharing her passion for world languages and cultures while supporting students in their academic and personal growth.

Verónica Valentín teaches middle and high school Spanish at The Dalton School. With over fourteen years of experience teaching in public and private schools in Puerto Rico, the mainland US, Spain, and Germany, she strives to create a collaborative classroom environment.

Luke Westman teaches French at Millbrook School in the Hudson Valley. He is also involved in his school’s human development program, serves as its head girls volleyball coach, its assistant boys basketball coach, and is a dorm parent. He enjoys listening to Belgian hip-hop, writing postcards, painting, and coaching tennis. 

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