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Holly is another TPT seller from the great state of Ohio (Go Bucks!) She has been a high school Spanish teacher for 15 years. She is a second generation teacher as her father was a math teacher (the best subject in the world!). She prides herself on creating activities that infuse culture with language, are of high interest, and are proficiency based. While grammar instruction is part of her job, Holly believes that experience with reading, listening, speaking and culture are the heart of the language.

Her shining teacher moment is when she receives a message like the one below written by a former student:

Appropriate for Grades 7-12
Holly's Teachers Pay Teachers store, Spanish Sundries, contains over 200 resources. Prices vary, with 32 items priced at just $1.00. One of her resources, a six page handout, is entitled Spanish Number Word Puzzles and was created to help students with number recognition and the spelling of the numbers 1-100 in Spanish. These puzzles also aid in the development of higher-order thinking skills as well as pattern recognition skills - all important factors as students progress through the study of Spanish. 

In addition, Holly's store contains several free resources such as her Vocabulary Hint Template, This is a tool that helps students draw connections between words they already know and words they are trying to learn. Holly states she has used this in her Spanish classes for many years, and that she always receives feedback from her students on how much it helps them to remember new vocabulary.

Holly also has a blog with a very interesting and unusual title: Throw Away Your Textbook.  Take time to head over there and read a couple of her articles, and even if you don't teach Spanish, Holly's store is worth checking out. With over 700 votes and an overall rating of four (the best you can receive on TPT), you know she offers quality educational resources.


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