New K-8 Spanish Teacher
Join us in welcoming Jordan Pollock Forgues as our K-8 Spanish Teacher!
To many, Jordan is no stranger to SCS! Her children, Liam (8) and Sully (6), will be in their 3rd year at SCS and the youngest Finnley (5), will begin Kindergarten in the fall.
She has been waiting for the right time to be part of the SCS family, and honestly had no idea that this opportunity would present itself so soon!
Jordan is a native Wisconsinite, married to Aaron of Massachusetts (yes he is a Patriots fan). She and her family are actively part of the Grace Bible Community and enjoy fellowship and study with other believers in the faith. In her spare time, she enjoys healthy cooking, good coffee, a good book, and spending time with her children and husband Aaron. You will usually find them hiking along the Pigeon River, catching crawfish and turtles, or searching for sea glass along the beautiful shoreline. You will often see a dozen neighborhood children in her yard on any given day, as it has become the hub for baseball and kickball. She loves Sheboygan and is proud to call it home!
Currently, she is working as an 8th grade EL teacher for Urban Middle School. Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought, it has been a great experience serving the Hmong and Spanish community. However, she is ready to jump back into the world of foreign language and be part of an amazing group of educators at SCS as the new Spanish K-8 teacher! Learning and teaching a second language and sharing the uniqueness of God?s creation is her passion. She is truly thankful for the opportunity to do what she loves and finally be part of a faith-based teaching community!
Her qualifications are based upon a combination of professional, educational, and volunteer experiences. She is a graduate of UW Oshkosh with a Bachelor?s of Science in Education 1-8 grades. While completing her certification in Education, she focused on the areas of Spanish Language, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, and English as a Second Language. In November 2009, she was offered a contract with Eisenhower Elementary in Green Bay as a Bilingual Literacy Interventionist. Her primary responsibilities included tracking and working with students below grade level in Spanish literacy. Although the experience was invaluable, in 2010 she accepted a position closer to home as a middle school Spanish teacher for the Plymouth School District. As a Spanish teacher, she designed and successfully implemented a hands-on twenty-first-century curriculum for grades 5th through 8th. Later in her career, she decided to take a change of pace and become part of the EL team at Wilson Elementary School. While there, she co-taught and supported Hmong and Spanish speaking students grades 3rd through 5th.
Aside from teaching, she has engaged in a variety of enriching experiences which include coaching track and field, cross country, and forensics. In Green Bay, she was actively involved with Eisenhower?s Building and Leadership Team, Title I team, and had coordinated and conducted Saturday school sessions for at-risk youth. Prior to teaching in Green Bay, she had the unique opportunity to complete her student teaching experience at Instituto Cumbres located in Oaxaca, Mexico. While there, she taught ESL in all core subject areas at the 3rd, 5th, and middle school levels. In 2007, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain, and completed over 200 hours of intensive language and culture coursework. Shortly after 9-11, she was fortunate to travel to Mexico and volunteer as a primary caregiver at Casa Hogar-Lirio de Los Valles, located in Chihuahua. Although challenging, this moment in time became the experience that shaped her, challenged her faith, and inspired her to go beyond her comfort zone and learn more about the Spanish language and culture of those who speak it.
To learn language is to live it! This is true in language learning. Jordan hopes to create authentic learning experiences filled with music and fun so that learning becomes a natural process. Jordan hopes students will be inspired to use their language skills to reach all God?s people, beyond their own backyards.