Hillary Frank is coming to Baker High School with a couple of missions.
One is to teach Spanish courses which go in depth into the cultures.
She also will be teaching history.
But Frank will also continue a publications program which puts out the yearbook and has stories about school activities published.
She is coming to Baker after teaching in Velva (ND) and Park City.
“For the last two months, I was teaching online,” she added.
Frank is a 2010 graduate of Baker High School.
When it comes to the publications coursework, Frank said that she will instruct her students on the writing process for publications before they will get to work. “The kids will start creating some different topics and researching. Depending what happens, this school year is going to be interesting. It will change probably week-by-week here.”
There are some restrictions for extra-curricular activities. “Sports will be restricted to conference. They can’t travel to different states. So, there will be sports to report on and that would be good for the kids.”
Frank has been working with publication coursework for the last two years. “They needed someone to take it and I enjoyed that element of it,” she explained.
The MSU-Billings graduate will be teaching all three levels of Spanish, and said she will be trying to incorporate more than just the language in the courses. “I have traveled abroad to Costa Rica, so I got some experience there.”
“As a teacher, I strive to help subject areas connect well, as far as the cultures and social impacts,” she said, adding that it incorporates the history also. “I try to teach my students global awareness, accepting other cultures and the continuity of change over time. I think that is all important.”
She explained that she tries to put the lessons in context. “Every unit that I do, we talk about a person from another country and their impact on the U.S. and us and our literature. I am always trying to pull in those cultural elements.”
“Today, we in the U.S. have a big impact on Latin culture.... and I try to connect that with the kids,” she said. “I focus my food units a lot on the regions they come from or originated and how they changed. Hispanic cultures do a lot better with the heritage of their foods,” Frank explained. “We get into the story behind it and where it comes from. I think that is a fun part of it.”
Part of her teaching plan is to get the students involved in more than one level. “I want to make it engaging for the kids... having a fiesta here and there.”
She did admit the students might like the idea of a siesta, but probably not the late suppers those cultures also have. “Dinner is later, about 9 or 10 o’clock at night. It definitely is different.”
She also is looking forward to using technology in the classes. “Using those resources where we are going to be on the computers is big this year. Kids are one to one with their Chromebooks. We will be doing some interactive things with recordings and videos online and learning the language that way,” she explained. “They will be learning a lot of first hand things going on in other cultures, such as listening to people in their native speaking voice. I think that is important. I try to incorporate technology in any way I can that way.”