Celina Knez

Celina Knez
Classroom Teacher
FLES Spanish

As a Spanish teacher my role is to not only teach the language, but also the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. I want to help the students to understand the diversity among Hispanic cultures. My hope is that with that understanding, they will grow to appreciate and accept the rich diversity within their own community. I want to model to my students my desire to learn something new every day and encourage their own love of learning.

Professional Background
I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Nueva Galicia in Guadalajara, Mexico. After coming to the USA, I earned a bachelor degree from Christopher Newport University and a master degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Northern Iowa. I earned my National Board Certification in 2004. I taught fifteen years in bilingual and immersion programs in Mexico from PK-6, the majority of the years being in PK and K. In the USA I have taught Spanish for 20 years to high school and middle school students. Most recently I have also taught English as a second language to elementary, middle and high school children along with teaching dual enrollment Spanish. I have also taught Spanish as an adjunct professor at the local community college and an online Spanish class for Virtual Virginia. In Arlington, I taught at Discovery Elementary for two years and I have been teaching at ATS since 2017.

Personal Interests
I enjoy playing the guitar and singing. I love being with my family, especially my grand children. I use the internet to connect with friends and family in Mexico. I also spend a lot of time researching topics online, learning something new every day on that rich source of information. I thoroughly enjoy nature walks and admiring wild life. I have two cats and a dog that are like children to me now that my three sons and daughter are adults and do not live at home.

Literary Connection
I love the message of sharing your qualities conveyed in the book Rainbow Fish or El pez arco iris, by Marcus Pfister. I believe there is something unique about every single person, child or adult. It is important for all of us to share with the family, colleagues and the community our special gifts. When we do, everyone benefits–the giver and the receiver.


Published December 31, 69 5:00PM


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