I would like to take this opportunity to give you some information about my Spanish Class. This class is designed to teach the basic knowledge of Spanish language. The language will be learned through listening, reading, writing and speaking Spanish, as well as learning culture. By the end of the year, students will be able to communicate more efficiently in the Spanish language.
I began teaching Spanish at SSHS in the fall of 2005. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Spanish Education from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. Also, I hold a Masters in Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I was born in the country of Costa Rica, located in Central America, between Panama and Nicaragua. My parents were Southern Baptists foreign missionaries. I reside in Opelika, AL, with my wife and three children. Through my teaching and my love for the Hispanic culture, I hope to make this language come alive and interesting for your son/daughter. The Hispanic influence is felt even here in Smiths, AL.
All students will be expected to abide by the school rules and my classroom rules. On the first day of school, I will pass out a copy of my classroom rules. Please read them carefully. Parents need to sign the Teacher-Student Contract form and return it to me promptly. I expect a daily commitment in studying the material. Your son/daughter will have homework every night, mainly to review the material learned in class that day for 15-20 minutes. Please be aware of the required items for my class (i.e.: 3 ring binder, dry eraser markers, paper, pen, etc.) Also, there is a $20 fee for a Spanish grammar workbook that will be used in class throughout the whole school year. It needs to be purchased from me, within the first two weeks of the semester. (If they have their workbooks from Spanish 1, they can still use them in Spanish 2. If they have lost their workbooks, they need to buy another one.) Cash only please, with exact amount.
Another option that is that families will be able to pay for any school related fee online. Go to the SSHS school website and click on the icon “EZ Ticket” and pay for your workbook fee or Spanish Club dues. I would suggest going to the Lee County BD of Education website first. Then click on “schools” & click on SSHS and go to the site.
Please feel free to contact me at the school at (334) 664-4060 or via e-mail at gregory.david @lee.k12.al.us. A new feature that the school offers is the ability for you to call me directly and leave me a voicemail message. I will listen to it through my e-mail system and respond to you as quick as I can. Call (334) 664-4483. Also, please follow SSHS on Face book and/or Twitter in order to receive important information. Our official Face book page is “Smiths Station School Ybk” and the Twitter feed is “@SSHS_PRINCIPAL” It is my pleasure to be teaching Spanish and I hope your son/daughter is looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled experience learning about another culture!
“Muchisimas Gracias” (Thank you very much),
David Gregory Spanish Teacher, SSHS, Fall 2016
Mr. Gregory began teaching at Smiths Station High School during the 2005-2006 school year. During the spring semester 2005, he taught at Lafayette High School, in Chambers County, AL. He teaches six classes of Spanish. Before begin his teaching career, Mr. Gregory worked for fourteen years with the Chattahoochee Council, Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Gregory attended high school in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Education in Spanish, from Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. He also earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Gregory was born in the country of Costa Rica, which is located between the countries of Nicaragua and Panama. Currently, Mr. Gregory lives with his wife and three children in Opelika, AL. His wife is a teacher in the Lee County school system, also. He has 3 dogs and 2 cats. He enjoys camping, sports and astronomy. Mr. Gregory stated, “Education is a life long process. Students during this period of their lives are "preparing for life". I plan to help my students achieve their fullest potential if they will study and apply themselves."