Michelle Moro Yanez returns to Avenues as an associate teacher in a Spanish section of 1st grade. In the immersion classes, nursery through grade 5, children spend alternate days in a class conducted in English and in a class conducted in either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. Michelle has previously held various roles within the Lower Division.
“I truly believe that learning a second language in an immersion program, starting at a very young age, is the best way for children to really be fluent in a second language,” says Michelle. ”And not only because it’s really amazing to see these kids growing their language skills—bilingual children develop many cognitive benefits, such as better attention span and multitasking skills compared to monolingual children.”
Before coming to Avenues, Michelle served as a long-term substitute Spanish teacher at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York, where she worked with students in grades 1 through 4. In this role, she maintained a schedule of 20 classes per week, implementing reading and writing workshops and successfully improving student participation through creative role-playing exercises. Her previous positions include a preschool Spanish teacher at Lolly’s Early Childhood Center and a Spanish as a second language teacher at Instituto Cervantes in New York.
Michelle received a master’s degree in political science and a separate master’s degree in communication from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. She is certified by the Instituto Cervantes as a Spanish as a second language teacher.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her daughter, hiking, doing Pilates and spinning, and traveling, especially to Spain to spend time with family and friends.