Many students learn a second language in high school as a requirement.
Being bilingual helps students in a variety of ways, from increasing their employment opportunities to improving their English skills.
Tahlequah High School Spanish 1 and 2 teacher Natalie Cloud encourages students to get the full value of their education.
“I try to make learning Spanish fun, but I also try to persuade students that it will make them a more qualified employee in their future endeavors if they choose to learn Spanish,” Cloud said.
A Miami High School graduate, Cloud earned an associate’s degree in general studies from NEOA&M College in Miami, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish education and Master of Education degree educational administration from Northeastern State University.
She’s working on her doctorate in school administration at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.
It was Cloud’s high school Spanish teacher who inspired her.
“I chose to teach Spanish because of the wonderful high school teacher Anne Chambliss,” said Cloud. “She inspired me to want to teach others Spanish. She was always so excited about her subject area and made it easy for others to learn it.”
The foreign language teacher taught here from 1999-2004, then moved back here in 2009, so she’s taught in Tahlequah nine years. She’s also worked as an administrator in Iowa at Fort Madison Community School District as the 21st Century Community Learning Grant Director at two elementary schools and taught Spanish 1, 2 and 3 at Bluestem High School in Leon, Kan. She has 15 years’ experience.
“I love when students identify a grammar structure from their native language that they thought they didn’t understand until learning a second language,” Cloud said.
Making her students comfortable helps them learn and succeed, so Cloud stands at her door each morning and greets them in Spanish or in English.
“I enjoy the relationships with students that are formed over the period of time we are together in class,” she said.
“I want the students to know I was fair, consistent and that they know I truly enjoyed having them as students.”
Cloud really loves her career.
“I enjoy the constant learning and changing that is ever-evolving in the world of education,” Cloud said.
She especially likes teaching at Tahlequah High School.
“THS is an exceptional place where everyone is constantly striving to improve our school,” she said
“I have many great co-workers that I bounce ideas off and share things or activities that work and sometimes don’t work,” she said.
Part of a students’ success is having the support of their parents.
“Parents should stay just as involved at the secondary level in their students’ education as they do at the elementary level, and the secondary level should accommodate them more in this,” Cloud said.
She encourages new teachers to discover their own style.
“Try, try, and try it again until it works,” said Cloud.
Many students learn a second language in high school as a requirement.
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Foster mom denied bond in child’s death
A 47-year-old woman arrested Tuesday night for the alleged murder of a 2-year-old girl was jailed in 2011 for wielding a knife during an argument over aluminum cans, and several agencies are reviewing the decision to allow the woman to be a foster parent.
Investigators on Wednesday continued their search for information into the death of Alysa Horney, who was found unresponsive at the Woodall home of her foster mother, Delila Pacheco, Sunday morning.
Pacheco, 47, appeared in front of Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins Wednesday morning and was denied bond a day after her arrest for first-degree murder.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said investigators discovered the toddler had minor visible bruises on her body Sunday morning, when deputies and EMS were called to the home.
Getting in compliance
During harsh winter weather, such as Cherokee County has experienced during the past week, concerns are often raised about the plight of people living in substandard housing. In Tahlequah, the situation has been compounded by the recent controversy over a rooming house where a child died last month.
Recently, the city of Tahlequah has begun to closely scrutinize homes that may not be up to code, and officials could decide to take action during 2014.
Pair helping former Stepping Stone residents
Christmas is a time for “peace on Earth and good will toward men,” and two local woman are putting the adage into practice by helping a group of recently displaced Tahlequah residents.
Denise LaGrand and Toni Bailey have volunteered within the community for years, but when the Stepping Stone Rooming House closed abruptly, LaGrand was spurred into action by others’ attitudes toward the evicted residents.
New pizza, liquor businesses in Tahlequah
Though the holiday season is usually a slow time for new business openings, a few new ventures are now welcoming customers in Tahlequah.
Recently opened businesses include J&L’s NYC Hot Dogs, Rum Runners liquor store, The Taco Truck and Pendleton’s Barbecue and Pizza.
Music to their ears
Local musicians looking for a chance to perform band music with fellow players are invited to join a group at Northeastern State University.
The Communiversity Band is a concert ensemble composed of NSU students and members of the Tahlequah community, and there is still time to get involved.
Hand-crafted ornaments, holiday gifts mean the most
For families on tight budgets, Christmas gift-giving means advanced planning and thinking outside the box. Often some of the most cherished gifts are those made by hand.
People looking to exercise their creative side this year need only look as far as Pinterest, according to Heather Winn, family and consumer science educator for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
Cherokee County foster mother arrested for murder of 2-year-old
Investigators have arrested a 47-year-old foster mother for first-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl Sunday morning.
Delila A. Pacheco was arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault.
Pacheco is accused of killing 2-year-old Alysa Horney.
Ki Bois to offer services for veterans, families
In an effort to assist some of the area’s neediest veterans, the Ki Bois Community Action Foundation recently announced the startup of its Supportive Services for Veterans Families program.
Ki Bois will hold a grand opening ceremony Thursday, Dec. 12 from 1-3 p.m. at the Muskogee office, 421 N. Broadway St.
However, Ki Bois began actual administration in its area of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs program Dec. 1. Funding is through the Veterans Administration, and Cherokee County veterans will also be served.
Roads get help from Mother Nature
Cherokee County commissioners were pleased to see the sun and rising temperatures help melt away some of the muck left along area roads Tuesday.
All of that melting is sure to leave some slick spots in the overnight and early morning hours for the next several days, but conditions are expected to improve.
Braving the cold
Though the weekend weather made travel difficult, the Snowflake ice rink still attracted plenty of skaters who wanted to spend time outdoors, balancing on blades.
The closing of Tahlequah Public Schools and other Cherokee County schools Monday created another skating opportunity, but there were only a couple of teen skaters on the ice at 3 p.m. Monday, braving the cold.
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