Madison City Elementary Spanish

Sonja Griffith, Joelle Jones, Karelin Rivera, and Bethany Powell

                                                2015-2016 Elementary Spanish

What is coming up in Spanish??

We have been working on greetings and introducing ourselves in Spanish. Coming up, our third grade classes will start learning the alphabet in Spanish, beginning our portfolios in kindergarten and first grade, and learning lots of new Spanish songs. Remember, you can always check out our website (the link is below) for more information about what is going on in Spanish class.

Get to know your Spanish teacher:

Sonja Griffith

I teach Elementary Spanish at Rainbow and Madison Elementary Schools.I graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Spanish and Minors in English and Psychology.  I taught English as a Second Language in Arkansas before having children. I continued to work part time doing Spanish classes in the corporate world. My other experience has been as a school volunteer, serving as PTA Presidents, tutor and homeroom mom. This is my first time full time teaching in several years.  My family has lived in Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland and now Alabama.  We plan to stay here!!  I have lived in Madison for 6 years with my husband and two children who both attend Madison City Schools.

Karelin Rivera

¡Hola! My name is Karelin Rivera. I teach at West Madison and Horizon Elementary. This is my second year teaching Elementary Spanish for Madison City Schools. I feel very fortunate and blessed to be part of the Madison City Schools Elementary Spanish teaching program. Before teaching here, I taught one year of Spanish 1 and 2 at Butler High School.

I am originally from Puerto Rico. Although at the age of one, my family and I moved to New York. Then, I moved back to Puerto Rico during my middle childhood years. In the summer of 2000, we moved to Alabama and I have lived here ever since. In Madison, I met my loving husband, Danny, when we had attended Bob Jones High School. We got married in June 2013 and it is just the two of us for now.

This class will be a different and (hopefully) an exciting learning experience for everyone. With everyone's cooperation, we can accomplish our goal of learning and understanding a second language.

I look forward to teaching your child!

Karelin Rivera

Joelle Jones

My name is Joelle Jones and I am the Elementary Spanish teacher at Columbia and Heritage.  This will be my third year of teaching.  I am originally from Michigan but we moved here from the St. Louis area almost six years ago.  Before teaching here I have taught French and Spanish mostly in the secondary setting.

My husband and I have four sons.  The oldest is a sophomore at UAH, the second is a junior at Bob Jones, the third is an eighth grader at Discovery, and the youngest is a second grader at Horizon. 

I am looking forward to a great year teaching K-3rd grades and the 5th-6th grade exploratory class at Columbia.   

Bethany Powell

Hey y'all! My name is Bethany Powell and I am so excited to be teaching at Mill Creek, Columbia, and the Pre-k center this school year. This will be by 2nd year teaching in Madison. I am originally from Brandon, MS where I have previously taught kindergarten, 6th grade science and social studies, and 7th and 8th grade Spanish. My 8 years of teaching in Mississippi really helped influence my love for children and teaching. Last August I got married and moved to Cullman. My husband and I bought house, adopted 2 puppies, and have started to figure out this thing called life. In my free time I love working on remodeling my house, traveling, and continuing to be a life-long learner. I am currently trying to decide what degree that I want to work on next!

Madison is such a great place to work and I am so excited about getting this year started with a bang! From the supportive teachers and staff, to the awesome, intelligent students in our schools, I think it really sets the Madison City Schools apart from other schools I have been in. I love to hear my sweet students practicing their Spanish as they walk down the hallway or when I enter their classroom.

Professional Development and Back to School

Check out the book we read in class.