K-8 EXCELLENCE SINCE 1973
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Catalina Lacy

Faculty

Catalina Lacy

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Catalina Lacy is a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Spanish teacher. Señora Lacy is originally from Mexico, where she acquired her elementary teaching credential and taught in several language schools. She is one of the founders of a Spanish language school in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she co-developed the school’s language program and instructors’ manual. There, she taught Spanish to students from colleges from the U.S., as well as to groups of diplomats from embassies based in Mexico. She has taught Spanish to students from beginner to advanced level at several schools in the Bay Area. Señora Lacy joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 1990. She organizes and leads the annual two-week Spanish trip and has taken our eighth grade students to Mexico and Costa Rica. Señora Lacy was part of a well-known Ballet Folklorico Mexicano performing company based in the Bay Area, with whom she traveled and performed extensively for many years. Señora Lacy enjoys traveling, swimming, reading, and what she loves most is spending time with her two grandchildren, Ivan and Alena.

Teaching Since

1990

Contact

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Why I Work with Children

I enjoy the children’s sense of humor and their love of learning; I feel that it is an honor to be part of their education and to witness how well they grow during their years in middle school.

A Favorite Book

I love reading books about Mexican history. I love learning about archeological sites because it helps me to understand more my culture. One of my favorite books is The Maya by Michael Coe

Quick Fact

Met the Raramuri, the indigenous Mexican long-distance runners

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