by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer
Andrew Snider has recently been hired as a replacement for Sra. Rosendin. He is currently working as KL’s new Spanish teacher.
Mr. Snider has traveled around the world. That’s where he learned how to speak Spanish. “I started learning Spanish when I was in high school,” says Snider. “I lived in Ecuador for a good while. Also, I taught English in rural Mexico. So… through those experiences I learned a lot of Spanish. I also learned Spanish in the classroom at Washington State University, I got my masters there. My wife, her family is from Peru so we speak Spanish with them. I’ve traveled around and my family’s got some Spanish in it.
Kentlake isn’t the first place that Snider has taught at. He taught six years at the community college level at Green River Community College. He also taught two years at Washington State University while getting his master’s degree. So far, Mr. Snider is enjoying his new job. “I like it. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment for me, coming from the community college. For the most part people are really engaged and really wanting to pick up Spanish, which is really what it’s all about. I think most people are doing a pretty good job and are already making the transition.”
Mr. Snider has some new rules in his class. These rules may be different but are seemingly quite effective. “When I first got here the desks were in pods, like groups of 4 people. And a lot of people had their back to me and just were not engaged,” says Snider, “So, I took away the desks and the engagement has gone way, way up. In a couple of my classes we’re in like 90% Spanish already. A couple of the other ones we’re getting closer to that. So, just by moving away a physical barrier people are opening up a little bit more. Yeah… and it’s probably the best change I could have made. Everyone has focused a lot better, everyone is, for the most part, participating more. They’re more engaged with the material. Really, honestly this is one of the best moves I could’ve ever made. I would do it with every class; I do it with every class.”
Aside from his new job here at Kentlake, Mr. Snider has some hobbies that he likes to do in his free time. “I have a ton of hobbies but I don’t have a lot of time for them,” says Snider. “But, one of my favorite hobbies is that I like to learn new languages. On my own I study languages. Portuguese and French are what I’m working on right now. I like to learn, I like to read, and I like to go spend time with my family. I like to go out and run to the park with my son.” So Mr. Snider looks forward to spending his time teaching us students Spanish. He looks forward to a new chapter of his career here at Kentlake.