Dear World,

If you didn’t already know this, Michele Whaley is amazing. She teaches Russian at West High School here in Anchorage, and she is one of the best teachers and people that I have ever met.

Have you ever heard of Embedded Reading? Thank Michele Whaley (and Laurie Clarcq).

Have you ever heard of MovieTalk? Thank Michele Whaley.

Have you ever heard of TPRS mentoring groups, like those that people are getting off the ground in TX and AZ? Thank Michele Whaley. (This is what prompted me to make this post. I am just amazed at how deeply Michele has impacted the TPRS community!)

Michele, we are coming into a new school year here and there will inevitably be times when you get discouraged with the business of teaching. At those moments, you just let me know and I will make sure that your inbox is flooded with emails from the hundreds of teachers that you have impacted.  We love you. You may be a great row-er, but you’re an even better teacher and friend.


10 replies on “Michele Whaley

  1. Martina, you can count on me! From Michele’s blog I’ve learned so much about language teaching and many other things that I’ll gladly send her a friendly “hello” with “thanks” when times are tough and just because. Hoping to meet her in person one day:)

    1. Yes, I’ve heard of Michele Whaley. 🙂 During pre-planning this past week, our headmaster said he trying to get more funds budgeted for training so that we can go away from the campus for training every two years. I whispered, “Alaska!” to my colleague. I appreciate all MIchele and the other Alaska CI/TPRS teachers are doing to share their work with everyone.

  2. Thanks. I found out about MovieTalk through you. Thanks for telling me. I guess thanks Michele too.

    1. Yes, Michele “discovered” MovieTalk and introduced it to the TPRS world at our local First Friday meetings and through her blog. She got me hooked 😉

  3. Both Michele and Martina are amazing! Both have had a tremendous impact on the TPRS community and in the world of FL in general. Kudos to both of you! 🙂

  4. The resources mentioned above and those on this blog are so inspiring and helpful. As a newer teacher, the wonderful creativity has been so inspiring to me and shown me how to teach in a way that I was not taught as a student. Love to both of you from Nebraska!

  5. Michele, Crystal, Chyntia, Laurie, Carrie, Kristi and Martina are amazing teachers and bloggers. I can not thank all of you enough for everything you have done for all the Spanish teachers out there. Your blogs are so inspirational and full of amazing ideas. You are not only wonderful teachers, but also some of the best people I have ever known. Thank you ladies for your hard work.

  6. I cannot imagine my life without Michele Whaley!!! She is always showing me how to be a better teacher, woman and friend!!

    with love,

Leave a Reply