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¡Bienvenidos a Español con Sr. Uriz! 

Hola, me llamo Sr. Joe Uriz y yo enseño español en Baggett.  I am Joe Frank Uriz, and I am so excited to be your Spanish teacher at Baggett Elementary!  Any questions, never hesitate to contact me at joe_frank _uriz@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

When I was much younger in High School, I decided to take Spanish to expand my cultural horizons.  I took five years of High School Spanish (8-12) at Druid Hills High, and won numerous awards in language speaking contests and placing twice in the National Spanish Examination (a member of the Spanish National Honor Society).  I participated in the Governor's Honors Program in Spanish (1991).  I continued my journey in seeking my heritage beyond the high school level and majored in Spanish at Georgia State University, and sought to teach students the joy of language learning.

I received my BA from Georgia State University (1996) in Spanish, and received my state certification in Spanish PreK through 12th grade, and also certified in regular Elementary Education K-5.  I have my MS in Education (2004) with a concentration in Brain Based Research and my Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (2006).   I have had some of my curriculum work (2004) published in the book "Early Language Learning: A Model for Success” by Dr. Carol M. Saunders Semonsky (Professor of Pedagogy) and Mrs. Marcia A. Spielberger. 

I have been teaching since FALL of 1996!  I taught Pre K-5th grade Spanish for eight years in the DeKalb School System (1 year of 6th grade too!), two years 4/5th grade Spanish at Wilson Creek Elementary (Fulton), two years at Northview High School (Fulton ~ Spanish Levels 1, 2 & 3), & seven years at Parsons Elementary (Gwinnett).  I sponsored Spanish Clubs at all schools.  I was Teacher of the Year at Sagamore Hills in 2003, Teacher of the Year at Wilson Creek Elementary in 2006, and then Teacher of the Year at Parsons for 2009-2010, also a semifinalist in the top 20 teachers of the year for Gwinnett County. In addition, I won the 2010 Teacher of the Year K-12 award from the Foreign Language Association of Georgia, and received recognition at the county and state board meetings. Great Honors!! I am very proud and humbled!!  Currently, I am a board member on the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (Immediate Past President).

I have traveled Spain to visit family in Pamplona, Spain where my father grew up.  Both my parents are Hispanic and speak both Spanish and English.  Culture played an important role in my upbringing and continues today with many Hispanic traditions being taught in my classroom. I love cooking, reading Spanish Literature, and have a passion for taking care of pets! My 3 year old Mini-Schnauzer is so awesome, and his name is Jocko.

I am looking forward to teaching Spanish to you this school year!

Baggett Elementary School
Baggett Elementary
2136 Old Norcross Road
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044