Congratulations Mrs. Ellis, SPS High School Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations Mrs. Ellis, SPS High School Teacher of the Year!
Posted on 03/27/2018
Ellis_Teacher_of_the_YearKristen Ellis, a Spanish teacher at Nansemond River High School, has been named the 2018 High School Teacher of the Year for Suffolk Public Schools. Now in her eighth year of teaching, she is known for quiet, consistent professionalism and a strong rapport with students and their families.

Before teaching, Ellis worked for 15 years with the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) program, which brought international teachers to teach U.S. schools as part of a cultural exchange. She traveled to Mexico, Chile and other Spanish-speaking countries. Immediately after college, she lived in Spain for a year.

Because of those experiences – learning to be fluent in a non-native language – Ellis says she understands when her students struggle. Her travels also help her introduce them to the culture, history, literature, art, music, sports and legends of Spanish-speaking countries.

Ellis earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
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