Derinna started teaching Spanish at Crestmont in the spring of 2006, after our previous teacher, Kenya, left her position to get married. Derinna had visited Crestmont with Kenya and fell in love with the kids. “The children at Crestmont are very special; they are so willing to participate and learn,” she says. Before coming to Crestmont, she taught at Glorieta Elementary School in Orinda. Derinna grew up in the country of Belize. Her family is Nicaraguan, and they spoke Spanish at home. They moved to San Francisco when she was in high school. Derinna began studying Early Childhood Education at Utah Valley State College, but missed her family and returned to the Bay Area. She intends to complete her degree in the future. Right now, her plans include marrying her fiancé, John, next March. They’ve already talked about sending their future children to Crestmont!
Norma is excited that Spanish has been increased to four days per week this year. Her hope is that the children will graduate from 5th grade speaking enough Spanish to have a conversation. “They are very bright, and if they start learning in kindergarten—and now having Spanish four times a week—it’s definitely possible!”
In her free time, Norma enjoys scrapbooking and salsa dancing!