Teacher creates cultural internships for students

10:00 AM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- When Angela Mitchell wanted to expand learning opportunities for students in her Spanish class, she created a special summer internship opportunity to expose her students to other cultures.

She did so by tapping into a unique source: foreign consulates.

She's had as many as 20 students from The Lovett School interning in consulates throughout metro Atlanta to immerse them in Hispanic language and culture.

Mitchell believes in exposing her students to culture, especially the culture she knows so well from her native Columbia.

"She brings the language alive for them," said Karen McLeavy, Head of the Language Department at the Lovett School.

"Because I think that they go together. I cannot separate them," said Mitchell. "I try always to teach through music. I ask them to memorize the songs."

"She's passionate about it, which frankly is contagious," said Rachel Wong, a sophomore.

On a recent day, Mitchell had her AP language students take two songs to compare and contrast to prepare them for using those concepts on the AP Language exam.

"I know she is the reason I got first in the state for the national Spanish exam last year," said Wong.

"We just get a lot out of every class every day, A lot of energy. She has a lot of new ideas," said Mitchell Hightower, a senior.

"She just epitomizes everything teaching is about," said McLeavy.

Angela Mitchell is a winner of 11Alive's Class Act Award.

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