Annabelle Allen, 2018 Louisiana’s FL Teacher of the Year,  is a passionate Spanish teacher at  Bricolage Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be her first year teaching at Bricolage. It is a Public Charter school in Orleans Parish. The last three years she taught in Metairie, at St. Martin’s Episcopal, where she taught lower school for a year and middle for two She is passionate about Middle School, though she has taught at ages and all levels. She taught for a year in China in 2014-15 and before that taught for 4 years in Denver, Colorado, where she learned and developed her “CI” techniques. She enjoys helping students of ALL ages ACQUIRE the Spanish language, rather than just learn it. Her goal for her students, children and adults, is communication. She is considered a leader in her teaching methodology (Comprehensible Input) and mentors teachers throughout the nation in developing their skills in this style of language education. She has participated as a Language Lab Teacher at iFLT 2016, 2017, and 2018 modeling compelling comprehensible input techniques in a classroom where teachers can observe and learn real time. She loves presenting and running workshops throughout the country. In her free time Annabelle enjoys traveling the world, playing with unicorns and eating. Her favorite thingis spending time with her family, and picnicking with her fiancé Paul and his daughter Isla Rose (4) who also LOVES all things Unicorns, fairies, and mermaids, just like her “AtDat”.

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