Published On: Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

A.D. Henderson Teacher Wins Hispanic Heritage Month Award

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott recently awarded Tzeitel Chacon-Rosado, a teacher at Florida Atlantic University’s A.D. Henderson University School, the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. The student and teacher contest winners were honored during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the Florida Governor’s Mansion.

Chacon-Rosado teaches Spanish to sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students at A.D. Henderson. She was nominated for the award because of her ability to integrate the language and culture into her classroom curriculum. Some of the topics she talks about with her students include stereotypes about Hispanics, Cuban and U.S. relations and the difference between Hispanic and Latino. She also produces a Spanish-speaking cooking show using authentic recipes and choreographs a Day of the Dead dance for Halloween.

“The students truly receive a diverse exposure to the Hispanic culture and have a deeper appreciation for their contributions to our nation,” said Sherry Bees, principal/director of A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School. “As a Hispanic American, Mrs. Rosado understands the barriers that native Spanish-speaking students must face as they immigrate to a new country.”

Chacon-Rosado also is active in organizing Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations for A.D. Henderson students. She recently designed a Hispanic Wax Museum that is an interactive display of famous Hispanic and Latino figures, along with student-created arts and crafts. The students research famous Hispanic and Latino figures, memorize their biographies in Spanish, dress up like them and then impersonate them during a “gallery walk.” The Museum is open to all students, faculty, and staff to learn about the contributions of famous people with Hispanic and Latino heritage.

“As a Latina woman, teaching about Hispanic culture is very personal to me,” said Chacon-Rosado. “It is not just what I do, but who I am.”

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