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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The bear facts
A joint project linking two state agencies with researchers at Oklahoma State University is gathering the “bear facts” on a growing population in the northeastern part of the state.
A six-year study on black bears in Cherokee, Adair and Sequoyah counties is being conducted as a precursor to possible establishment of a controlled hunting season in Green Country. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management of Oklahoma State University have partnered for the endeavor.
Drug task force seizes K2 at a Tahlequah house
The District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force seized between $200 and $300 worth of synthetic drugs during a bust Friday.
The Tahlequah Police Department and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service were also in on the raid. Members of the task force hope the seizure will aid in an ongoing investigation to find larger suppliers.
“We received information that sales were being made from a residence off Choctaw Street,” said Michael Moore, task force director. “Further investigation led to a state search warrant based on the federal Schedule I list of drugs.”
Citizens can report sight obstructions to city
On Feb. 25-26, the Tahlequah Fire Department responded to motor vehicle accidents at South Muskogee Avenue and South Street, and since that time, a few citizens have expressed concern about the sight lines at the intersection.
A visit to the intersection showed that, for traffic westbound on South, the view south down Muskogee is partially obstructed by shrubbery and a tree that appear to be on private property.
Spears: OSRC should help boost business
In a little over 25 years, Arrowhead Resort owner Jack Spears has grown his business from being the smallest float operator on the Illinois River to the second-largest, and he’d like to continue on that path.
Spears believes tourism is vital to the Tahlequah area. He says if the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission would eliminate a zoning issue along the river, both the agency and his own business would reap the benefits.
Spears recently asked the OSRC to consider doing away with recreational floating zones. Commercial flotation device licenses are granted to operators in each area for a total of 3,900 licenses.
Last-place swine earns top sale bid
Local businessmen drew regional attention through a record-setting bid of $10,000 at the Cherokee County Spring Livestock Show last Saturday, but now they say they don’t want the recognition.
The annual show, which ends with a premium sale featuring top winners, is a fundraiser for local FFA and 4-H participants. Proceeds help cover the animals’ expenses or are used for future projects or showings. Community members, organizations and businesses bid on the livestock, but it is not a purchase. The children showing get to keep their animals.
Hulbert man involved in standoff didn’t own illegal guns
Further investigation into the Friday standoff between a Hulbert man and law enforcement has not yet produced any weapons charges.
A search warrant executed after the incident uncovered several firearms inside the trailer in which Michael Wyatt Earp, 42, was living. Law enforcement officers and agents were concerned that some weapons were fully automatic.
Police arrest suspect in hit-and-runs
A vandalism complaint to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of a man by Tahlequah Police Department officers on Sunday.
Gary D. Martin, 30, faces multiple charges after his arrest outside Jimmy’s Egg on South Muskogee Avenue.
County not responsible for U.S. highways
A noticeable difference between conditions on U.S. Highway 62 on either side of the Cherokee-Muskogee county line in the wake of this week’s winter weather has local residents asking why they’re getting the short end of the stick.
The Daily Press has received queries from readers about the procedures followed in Cherokee County to clear roads. Some speculated Cherokee County commissioners may have been slower to respond than their counterparts to the southwest, but the county isn’t responsible for maintaining U.S. highways.
River zones source of contention for some
Thirty years ago, the recreation business on the Illinois River was limited to small, generally mom-and-pop operations that had a few canoes and a pickup truck as inventory.
Today, float operations can generate a healthy income, and operators have hundreds of rafts, canoes and kayaks, as well as trailers and buses to transport boats and people.
The Illinois River is one of three designated scenic streams in the state, and the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission’s mission is to protect the environmental quality of those rivers.
Recently, Jack Spears, owner of one of the largest float operations on the river, asked the OSRC to consider doing away with recreational floating zones. Commercial flotation device licenses are granted to operators in each area for a total of 3,900 licenses.
New e-cigarette ordinance mulled at Tahlequah council meeting
Though no vote was taken, most of Monday’s meeting of the Tahlequah City Council centered on discussion of a new ordinance that would prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices on city property.
A similar ordinance was read at an October meeting of the council, but did not receive a second reading at any subsequent meeting due to general opposition, and concern about the language.
The new Ordinance No. 1216-2014 received its first reading Monday. An ordinance must be read at two meetings before it can go to council vote.
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