According to Mari Lourdes Shamdas, she became a teacher because it is what she always knew she should be doing. â€œWhen others were playing house, I was playing teacher,â€ she said. â€œI wanted to be part of helping students find pride in themselves by doing something well.â€
Shamdas, named the 2011 Robert Asp Teacher of the Year, has been an English language learners teacher for Moorhead Area Public Schools since 1996.
Before coming to the district, Shamdas was an English as a Second Language teacher for Fargo Public Schools for four years and an ESL teacher for the Fargo Adult Learning Center for two years. From 1990-2005 she also worked as an adjunct instructor teaching Spanish at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Shamdas earned her bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of MÃ¡laga, Spain, her English as a Second Language licensure from MSUM, and her masterâ€™s in curriculum and instruction from MSUM.
â€œAt every level of my education, Iâ€™ve been inspired by teachers who loved students and their professions,â€ Shamdas said. â€œI love connecting my passion for learning to others, and I enjoy being with young people.”
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