Introducing New Park City Faculty
December 13, 2011
Parley’s Park dual-immersion kindergarten teacher Yori Bruemmer moved from Mexico City to the United States 15 years ago as an exchange student. She graduated from the University of Oregon and moved to Park City almost 10 years ago. She practiced architecture for more than four years before switching fields to education.
Bruemmer started as a teacher’s aide at Parley’s Park three years ago. She began taking online classes through the University of Phoenix to earn a teaching license.
"I know Spanish and the school district was offering a position as an aide at Parley’s when the dual-immersion program first started," she said. "I wanted to get involved at the school because I wanted to be able to help the Latino community."
Bruemmer’s class consists of 25 students in the morning section and 25 students in the afternoon. She said the kindergartners are starting to ask questions in Spanish to fulfill their needs.
"To drink water and go to the bathroom, they are asking in Spanish now," she said. "It’s funny how they help each other. In this classroom, the Spanish students help the English students and in the afternoon class the English students help the Spanish students. It’s nice to see them helping one another and creating a community in the classroom."
Bruemmer said students benefit from starting the dual-immersion program at a young age when their brains so receptive to learning. She said the students started making improvements and becoming more comfortable speaking about a month ago.
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"Most of them came in fearless and ready and open to try something new," she said. "I’m making them talk a lot more, where at the beginning I was the one explaining things and now I’m trying to get them more involved in speaking and producing."
Bruemmer said she attended a school in Mexico City with good English teachers, which enabled her to learn the language and feel comfortable speaking in the United States.
"When I came to the U.S. it was not a culture shock. There was no problem," she said. "I wanted to help those students who are maybe not as comfortable here, so that they can have a career and make a life."