Fourth Grade

Catalina Leoncatalina-leon |Fourth Grade Teacher

Maestra Catalina León attended a bilingual Spanish immersion school, called Cali Calmecác Charter School, in her hometown of Windsor, CA from kindergarten to eighth grade. Her primary school experience was very similar to Fuente Nueva, so she understands the classroom from the perspective of the students. This allows for Catalina to connect with students at all levels, both in and out of the classroom. She grew up in a Spanish speaking home environment, took AP Spanish courses at Windsor High School, and earned her Seal of Biliteracy in her senior year. She has a deep understanding of the Spanish language, which allows for her to teach it effectively in the immersion classroom. Catalina graduated from Humboldt State University in 2015 with a B.S. degree in Environmental Protection and Management, with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation. With this degree, she brings outdoor education into the classroom and informs the students of the impacts they can have on environmental sustainability. This gives the students a sense of how they are an essential part of the community.

Catalina has been working at Fuente Nueva for four years. She began as an after-care aide in 2012, and has since spent time as a classroom aide and substitute teacher. She is now the fourth grade teacher, and is in the process of earning her multiple subjects teaching credential through CAL State Teach. Catalina believes that every learner has unique needs. With an open-mind and a wide array of tools, Catalina meets the diverse needs of her students; which leads to educational and personal success. She ensures her classroom is a safe space where the kids have the freedom to learn, while feeling comfortable with themselves and those around them. Catalina strives to fulfill her role as an educator by inspiring the students to learn about the wonders of education, and by being passionate, enthusiastic, and devoted both in and outside of the classroom.