When searching for teachers to launch the district’s middle school world languages program, Cape officials found the perfect fit in Spanish teacher Julia Seufert.
Seufert said she has visited or lived in at least 50 countries, including Honduras, Spain, and most of South America, and has a passion for travel she can’t wait to share with students.
“I am thrilled to start building this program from the ground up and expose students to a new language and culture,” she said. “The fact that the district has a vision for dual-language learners of all levels is very exciting.”
Seufert comes to Beacon Middle following a short hiatus after eight years teaching in Montgomery County, Md. She is pleased to be living in the Cape Region, where she used to vacation as a child.
The Spanish program is a nine-week exploratory that teaches students in sixth through eighth grade numbers, colors, days of the week, and basic conversation, in preparation for a more rigorous high school curriculum.
“Every little bit of language exposure helps,” Seufert said.
Seufert received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and anthology from the Washington University in St. Louis and her master’s degree in education from George Washington University. She is also fluent in German and is a nationally board-certified teacher of world languages.
Michelle Pohorely, who will teach Spanish at Mariner Middle, is currently on maternity leave.