Julie Reupert has joined both the Shorewood community and the language department as one of the SHS and SIS Spanish teachers.
“I’ve always really loved the diversity and the progressiveness of Shorewood as a living community, and I have respected it as an educational institution as well,” Reupert said.
“For the past three years, I was at Grafton high school, teaching Spanish I and II, and before that I was at home taking care of my son for six years … Before that I was at Whitefish Bay high school for seven years,” Reupert said.
According to Susan Leslie, Spanish teacher, despite only being hired this August, Reupert has managed to interest her students in Spanish and fit into the Shorewood community.
“I’m … very impressed with her ability to come in late in the summer and hit the ground running,” Leslie said. “It is a reflection of her ability and professionalism; she’s doing a great job. ”
Kloe Kashian, junior, says Reupert not only manages to immerse her students in Spanish, but also connects with them as people as well.
“I think she’s very engaging, and she knows how to deal with kids … She seems friendly [and] pretty nice,” Kashian said.
Reupert received her teaching certification at UWM but graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with an undergraduate in Spanish and psychology. Reupert revealed that she has always had a love and fascination with Spanish.
“[During college] I studied abroad in Costa Rica, and after that, I studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico,” Reupert said. “ I love the culture that goes along with the people, and it has always come pretty easily for me … it’s just a fun language and culture.”
Reupert has traveled to Costa Rica and Mexico multiple times and she has plans to continue her travels.
“I feel I’ve travelled to a lot of places … I would love to go to South America–anywhere in South America,” Reupert said.
While Reupert is only bilingual, speaking Spanish and English, she has an earnest desire to learn many other languages.
“I’d love to learn Mandarin; [it] would be great,” Reupert said. “When I was working at Grafton high school, we had German as our other language, so I always wished I knew more German.”
by Shimana Bose