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teacher feature: Christa Holland-Anderson


Christa Holland-Anderson is a 6th grade Spanish immersion teacher at Holland Language Academy. In this teacher feature, add.a.lingua’s Stephanie Irizarry asks Maestra Holland-Anderson to describe her journey to Holland Language Academy, the strategies she uses to grow her proficiency in the Spanish language, and how she works to motivate her students and encourage correct use of the Spanish language.

Maestra Holland-Anderson has some great instructional ideas for dual language IMG_0144.jpgimmersion teachers. We won’t give all her ideas away in this post (listen to the podcast!), but here area  few ideas worth trying:

make mornings meaningful with questions

Start the day with a pair of questions and then have the students bring you the answer. Some of her favorite questions include:

  • “Today I’m going to learn ______.”
  • “I want my teacher to know______.”
  • “My goal for today is_____.”
keep building your language proficiency

Maestra Holland-Anderson’s go-to podcast to help build her language proficiency, and (when appropriate) share with her students: Radio Ambulante.

if you want to be an immersion teacher someday…
  1. get into immersion classrooms, see what model resonates with your values and beliefs
  2. develop your Spanish language proficiency to work/function and flourish in an immersion setting
  3. work to make sure students understand the impact of knowing two languages because their teacher understands the impact as well

Thanks for listening, and feel free to leave us a comment below and let us know what stood out to you most in this conversation.


  1. Terry Gartelman Gonzalez

    You are awesome, Christa!!! It is an honor to work with you!!! HLA and our kids are so lucky to have you as a teacher!!

  2. Claudia Pickett

    I think is great to remember how important is to reflect with us and our students our own growth, reflecting how we did it before, now and how we are planning on teaching in the future and how important is to ask them about their own growth.
    I always said that a bilingual person “vale por dos” and l agree with Christa Holland-Anderson about talking about this with our students.

  3. Denia Rodríguez Del Toro

    I enjoyed the interview very much because it gathers the most important moments of the daily teaching for any immersion teacher who really loves his/her job: receive and greet his/her students, then he/she will know immediately what strategy to take with them that day; be intentional and respectful with the language he/she is teaching: showing his/her knowledge and love for it; reflect on what he/she did well and what did not, being always open to new and refreshing opinions.

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