Alysia Hayas

    English Language Development
    I feel very at home here as I am from Boulder (on Spruce street). I moved to Portland, Oregon for college at Lewis & Clark, and stayed for there for ten years. While there, I got my masters in teaching, taught Spanish for one year, and fourth grade for two years. I also taught for a year in Mexico, and have lived in Spain, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. I returned in 2006 to Boulder and worked for two years as an ELD (ESL) teacher in Northglenn.  In 2008 I came to Whittier and joined the fourth grade team for six years.  Now I'm back in ELD and loving working with every grade.
    My number one goal in the classroom is to provide an environment where children feel safe, enjoy learning and feel good about themselves. My passions for Spanish and different cultures are a natural fit in our IB school. Out of school, I enjoy gardening, cooking, singing, and hiking.