About 30 new teachers, plus new administrators and other staff, are joining the Elmbrook School District this year, and Brookfield Patch is introducing some to the community as the 2012-13 school year gets underway.
Today, we feature new German teacher Linda Smith.
Teaching assignment: I’m at Brookfield Central and I’ll be teaching German 1 and 3 first semester and German 2 and 4 second semester.
Hometown, current community: I was born in Watertown and grew up there. I now live in Milwaukee. I’ve also lived in Germany, North Carolina and Texas.
Education, experience: I attended Carroll University when it was still Carroll College. I received my BA with a major in German and minors in French and Business Administration. Five years ago, I had the opportunity to attend Marquette University as a graduate student. I worked as a substitute teacher and tutor while I attended Marquette’s Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. I completed the certification program in January 2011. I am currently enrolled at Marquette in the last course required to complete my M.Ed.
Why did you choose Elmbrook? I am excited to be a part of the Elmbrook School District. It has a reputation of excellence and a commitment to improve upon its successes. That’s an exciting opportunity for a new teacher.
Hobbies: I love to travel and I have had the opportunity to visit many places both in the US and abroad. I enjoy working in my garden although this year it has been a challenge to remain excited about gardening. I am practicing survival gardening! I also like to ride my bike for exercise and fun.
Favorite vacation: Germany, of course! Ever since my first German class as a high school freshman, I knew I wanted to live and study in Germany. I did that by spending my junior year of college in Bonn, Germany. During my semester break, I used a Eurail Pass and travelled to many countries in Europe. Visiting East Berlin and seeing the Berlin Wall is an experience I will never forget. I was lucky enough to return to Berlin recently and see the tremendous changes that have taken place.