Erica Shumsky

August 20, 2021

Dear students and parents,

HOLA, and BIENVENIDOS to LA CLASE DE ESPAÑOL! The purpose of this letter is to introduce you to myself as your Spanish teacher. This is my fourth year teaching at St. Thomas More and I’m very happy to be here. My family and I have been parishioners since moving to the area 8 years ago and we are proud to be members of this wonderful school community. Before joining the STM team, I taught middle school at Colorado Academy for six years, middle and high school at The Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights for one year, and at Elizabeth High School for four years. I earned my BA at the University of Denver with a double major in Spanish and English, completed my Spanish Secondary Education coursework and my MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of Colorado.

I feel very fortunate to work with such a dedicated group of faculty members, administrators, and parents here at STM. The reason that I choose to teach intermediate and middle school grades above all others is that I get to witness firsthand the tremendous level of growth that I see students undergo throughout the years. It is truly rewarding for me when I see students really come into their own between 4th and 8th grade. I look forward to meeting all of you and working collaboratively with you to ensure a successful school experience.

Student success occurs best when there are strong connections and effective communication between myself, students, parents, and the greater school community. I will keep you informed as often as possible, and would additionally like to invite you to contact me at any time, via email (preferred), phone, or in person. My email here at STM is ericas@stmcatholic.org. Feel free to contact me at any time during the upcoming school year with your questions, concerns, and comments. Additionally, middle school assignments will be posted this year on PLANBOOK. Please see the "helpful links" section to access this information.
You may additionally find out course information (Google Classroom and Planbook links) at my TEACHER SITE:

https://sites.google.com/stmcatholic.org/mrsshumsky

Once again, I am very happy to be your MAESTRA DE ESPAÑOL and look forward to a fantastic year!

¡Buena suerte este año! (Good luck this year!)

Erica Shumsky