By Skip Crosby, a Spanish teacher at Poland Regional High School and the 2014 Androscoggin County Teacher of the Year and the 2015 Maine Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.
It all started with my senior English teacher who, in my last year of high school, took a victim of tracking, stuck in the C and D levels, invited me into his honors English class with all the smart kids, and convinced me to ignore the labels that had been given me.
He insisted that I could be or do anything I wanted to. It is because of him that I aspire to do the same for students today.
The closer to the end of my career I get, the more passionate I am about doing everything possible to help end monolingualism in our communities. We have generations of language students who have little more to say than “I took two years of French, Spanish or any other language, but I can’t speak it.”