Position title: Spanish and Facilitated Language Study teacher, Plymouth High School
Laura Koebel is a Spanish, Global Studies and Facilitated Language teacher at Plymouth High School. She graduated from UW-Madison with a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish. After several years of traveling and living abroad and stateside, she earned her teaching degree from UW-Green Bay. Ms. Koebel earned her Master’s degree in Foreign Language and Literature with an emphasis in Spanish Translation from UW-Milwaukee. Originally from Plymouth, she finds ways to bring the world to the students of her small town where she has taught for 17 years. Committed to finding travel opportunities for students, she has taken 9 trips abroad with her students for language and service learning. Being a mentor teacher for Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) for two Egyptian exchange teachers in 2010 and 2011 prompted her to find a way to include Arabic in her school’s world language choices. This led her to adopt the facilitated language model to offer Russian and Japanese languages as well. Ms Koebel’s passion for creating global citizens through the development of cultural perspectives led her to implement a Global Studies Certificate at her school, which served as an example for DPI’s Global Education Achievement Certificate.