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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Cherokee Heritage Center Museum Curator Mickel Yantz kicked off his 10th anniversary at the venue with the opening of the 43rd annual Trail of Tears Art Show this past Friday.
“The Trail of Tears show was my first exhibit opening when I arrived 10 years ago,” said Yantz. “Since that time, the show has changed so dramatically; we’ve added so many new artists, and the art work has excelled over time. It’s like Christmas for me.”
Yantz said he was exceptionally pleased with the opening reception.
“We had a fantastic turnout,” said Yantz. “We had a lot of fun and sold some artwork, which is great for opening night.”
The exhibit is on display at the Cherokee Heritage Center through May 26. This year’s show features 130 pieces of art spanning eight different categories, including basketry, graphics, jewelry, miniature, painting, pottery and sculpture.
Some NSU students find Church of Monett offensive
They turn heads every time they show up on campus, and some students at Northeastern State University are offended by their presence.
The Church of Monett, Mo., has made periodic trips to Tahlequah to stage quiet demonstrations in public campus spaces in recent years. They carry signs that read, “Wives, Obey your Husbands,”; “To be Married to the divorced is Adultery”; and “Don’t be deceived: fornicators homosexuals idolaters adulterers thieves drunkards - shall not inherit God’s Kingdom.”
Teen sent to hospital after being struck by tractor-trailer
An 18-year-old Tahlequah man was struck by a tractor-trailer early Tuesday morning on the State Highway 51 bypass near Mimosa Lane.
Tahlequah Police Capt. Tom Jones said officers responded to the scene at about 5:40 a.m., when Sage Sohns was found injured and lying in the road. A medical helicopter responded to the scene to transport Sohns to a Tulsa hospital, where he was being treated for a closed-head injury, police said.
TPS board hears architect presentations for cafeteria
Members of the Tahlequah Public Schools Board of Education heard from four architectural firms seeking a contract for construction at Cherokee Elementary School.
TPS plans to build a cafeteria-auditorium and a music room with a stage, which may also serve as a safe room during storms.
Local man hit with assault, burglary charges
Prosecutors have formally charged a Tahlequah man accused of breaking into a motel room, tying a rope around a man’s neck and stabbing him repeatedly with a syringe.
Jimmy Dale Briggs Jr., 33, is charged with first-degree burglary, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of threatening to perform an act of violence.
Boy whose mom scolded deputies in trouble again
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 15-year-old theft suspect Monday night after he allegedly assaulted his brother.
Deputy Kim Novak said authorities were dispatched to a home and ultimately took the teen into custody. While there, they also discovered items that had been reported stolen, including a bed and several tools.
Novak said the teen is the same boy who has previously been found to be in possession of stolen items.
Plane crash victims recovering
Two Arkansas men remained in a Tulsa hospital Monday after the plane they were flying crashed into a wooded area in Cookson.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 1946 Ercoupe 415 crashed under “unknown circumstances” about a mile from the Tenkiller Air Park in Cookson Saturday morning.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 75-year-old John McCreary and 85-year-old Albert Demarco Jr., both of Ozark, Ark., were flown from Cookson to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
Man taken for blood sample confuses hospital with hotel
Tahlequah police say an Austin, Texas, man stopped Saturday mistook a local hospital for a hotel when he was taken to have his blood drawn.
Officer Cory Keele’s affidavit says 20-year-old Terrance Walker was driving south on Muskogee Avenue at about 2 a.m. Saturday, swerving from one line to another.
Keele tried to stop the car near Muskogee and Chickasaw, and Walker eventually slowed to a stop near South Street.
Walker opened the car door as Keele approached. The officer said Walker had dilated pupils.
Knife-cutting incident lands man in jail
A Tahlequah man jailed for allegedly cutting a woman with a kitchen knife was released on a recognizance bond Monday.
Scottie Lee Ennis, 42, was arrested after Officer Austin Yates was sent to Tahlequah City Hospital late Friday night.
There, Yates spoke with Jennifer Pennell, who had apparently suffered a stab wound to her arm.
Pennell told Yates she and her husband, Ennis, had gone to Dewain’s Place earlier in the evening, and while at the bar, a man bought her a drink.
Tahlequah man bonds out after arrest for assault
A 22-year-old Tahlequah man bonded out of jail Monday after his weekend arrest on domestic assault charges.
Jeremy Hawley was booked into jail Sunday for domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor and interfering with a 911 call.
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