Mariner Middle’s world language program will get underway in November, when Spanish teacher Michelle Pohorely returns to teaching after the birth of her third child.
“I’m excited,” she said. “This will be a great opportunity for these kids, especially for those with younger siblings in the immersion program.”
Pohorely said she worked with Cape Supervisor of Secondary Education Michael Young over the summer to help design curriculum for the new program.
The Spanish program is a nine-week exploratory that teaches students in sixth through eighth grade basics such as numbers, colors and days of the week in preparation for a more rigorous high school curriculum. This is the first year world languages have been offered in the district’s middle schools.
Pohorely comes to Cape from Delmar Middle, where she taught Spanish last year. During her career, she has taught Spanish at all levels, from kindergarten through high school.
“This is an ideal position for me because it hits on all my strengths and it’s where I want to live,” said Pohorely, who just bought a home in Milton.
The New Jersey native holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Spanish, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
Pohorely said the curriculum will evolve over time, particularly when the district’s immersion classes reach middle school.
“They will be at a totally different level, so the curriculum will need to be adjusted,” she said.
Pohorely said she has traveled to Costa Rica and Spain with students in the past, and she would like to explore an exchange program or trip for Mariner students as well.