Meet Señorita Leary--Susquehanna University student

¡Hola Parents/Guardians!


My name is Kristen Leary and I am a senior at Susquehanna University. This year, I will be working alongside Nicole Varano-Delgado as her student teacher as part of my studies in Spanish Education. I am looking forward to working with your child and I hope that we have a fun and memorable year.

Although I do not formally begin teaching until January, I will be working in the class with Señora Varano-Delgado for the next several months to familiarize myself with the setup of the class, the students, and the school. With her as my guide, I believe that it will make the transition easier for myself and the students for when it comes time to switch roles.

Prior to student teaching, I lived in Seville, Spain for eight months. While I was there, I taught English as a Teacher’s Assistant at Centro Norteamericano and also taught English one-on-one with students of various ages. Through these experiences, I learned ways to make language learning enjoyable so that students can reach their full potential. My goal for when I begin student teaching is to implement these methods so that students enjoy learning Spanish, look forward to coming to class, and feel comfortable with their studies.

From my experiences as a foreign language student as well as being abroad, I believe that learning a language not only involves new vocabulary and grammar, but is also a journey to becoming more globally aware. With the amount of Spanish-speaking countries there are in the world, I strongly believe that studying a language teaches students more about themselves and the world around them. I hope that by sharing my passion for language learning with students, they too will see the benefits of language acquisition and how it can lead them to places they may not have otherwise known.

I could not be more thankful to begin my journey to becoming a Spanish teacher at Shikellamy and I am looking forward to what the next few months will bring. I would like to make myself available for anything you and/or your child may need throughout the academic year, so please do not hesitate to contact me by emailing Señora Varano-Delgado at



Un saludo,

Kristen Leary