The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

November 20, 2013

Committee requests sixth-grade Spanish teacher

— DANVILLE – Plans to grow Danville’s Spanish program would go much smoother with an additional teacher at the middle school level, according to two high school instructors.

Spanish teachers John Keller and Tina Bartholomew addressed the school board at their Nov. 14 meeting, updating the board on the findings of their committee to expand the district’s Spanish program to the elementary school. While outlining the new curriculum, they realized that sixth-grade would be the only grade level without a Spanish instructor.

This past July, the district had approved the hiring of two additional Spanish teachers to help expand the curriculum. Keller and Bartholomew requested that one of the teachers be placed at the middle school while the other split their time between Danville Primary School and Liberty Valley Intermediate School.

“What we presented before the board was the way we thought was best to make our program comprehensive from kindergarten through 12th grade,” Keller said.

Missing a year in sixth-grade would break the continuity needed in learning a language, Keller said. “Learning a language is very similar to learning other building block materials or areas of study. It’s like mathematics, everything you learn early on is built upon,” he said. “We feel that continuity is very, very important.”


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