Karen De Gregorio ​@transformational lessons

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"I am a life-long learner and my curiosity is fierce."

                           -Karen De G

"Nadie educa a nadie-nadie se educa a sí mismo- los hombres se educan entre si con la mediación del mundo.

                                             - Paulo Freire

"To perform every action artfully is yoga."
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                  -Swami Kripalu




"So much of my growth as not only a Spanish student, but as a person in general, is because of the experiences I have had in your class."​​
                                                                        -High School Student



What is a classroom, anyway?
I ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​have worked in the education industry for almost thirty years !​ While I have accumulated hours of experience in a high school classroom teaching Spanish, I have taught a variety of subjects and have worked in a broad range of environments. I have taught Art, Humanities, World Religions, ESL, Literature and Yoga and Meditation to people of all ages. I have taught in independent schools, public schools, colleges, community centers, homes, prisons, hospitals, museum galleries and even on top of Machu Picchu. My classroom has no limits!
   




The summer after I graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, I moved to Tacna, Peru. I was one of the pioneers of the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps. My four years living in Peru reshaped the way I see the world. I witnessed poverty and inequities never seen before in my life in the USA. It is also during that time that I acquired near-native proficiency in Spanish through my daily encounters with the Peruvian people. This immersion experience fueled my passion for language, culture and social justice. This led to my involvement with diversity work in schools and directing student trips to Latin America.
    
    
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​After my first eight years as a classroom teacher in the States, I completed a Masters Degree in Spanish Language from Middlebury College while living in Madrid, Spain. It was an unforgettable year living in a loft one block from la Puerta de Sol! My love for Art History collided with my love for Spanish when for the first time, I saw Picasso's "Guernica" in its home in el Museo Reina Sofia. Back at Boston College I had written my final Art History paper on this masterpiece. After living in Spain, my career in the Independent Schools took flight with an arsenal of travel experiences, and my ability to weave my Art History and Service background into my lesson plans. 

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Several years later, I discovered yoga when looking for relief from severe back pain. After several years practicing yoga and meditation, I decided to pursue a teaching certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Not only was I saved from debilitating pain in my training; I have been teaching yoga ever since to students of all ages. Yoga and mindfulness enhance my well-being and expand my teaching repertoire. I now offer yoga classes in Spanish.


My teaching style is organic, and it is always evolving and transforming. My purpose in starting this website is to explore yet another classroom. I am grateful for my experiences in innumerable learning spaces for they have allowed me to grow into the creative and dynamic educator I am today. I look forward to many more lessons. 

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