Degrees and Certifications:
BA English Language and Literature MA English Education
Mr. Willie Young
Welcome to Spanish!
My name is Mr. Young, but you can call me Maestro Joven. I will be your resident Spanish teacher! I am a military brat, but my home is Atlanta, GA. Before moving to Atlanta, I attended Jamestown Elementary in Hepzibah, Ga. I graduated from Redan High School in Dekalb County / Stone Mountain, about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta. I earned my bachelor's degree from the Unsinkable Albany State University in English Language and Literature in 2012. I received my Master's in English Education from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 2016.
During my undergraduate career, I studied abroad in Grecia, Costa Rica in 2011, and upon my travels, I began speaking the Spanish language. When I returned to Albany State, I completed the Spanish and Professional Writing minors within my last year and planned to continue my travels to strengthen my Spanish-speaking skills. In January 2013, I enrolled into the English Education program at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. I became an English Composition instructor on the collegiate level, and taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced writing. This covered essays, narratives, and career portfolios (resumes, cover letters, scholarship applications, etc.).
Since then, I have traveled to 7 different Spanish-speaking countries and lived and worked abroad to strengthen my knowledge of the language. I have lived in Panama and Puerto Rico and have sat and had dinner with locals in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, and even Haiti.
I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Education and returned to Atlanta, Ga with experience to teach English, Spanish, and Writing. I started teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) (English as a Second Language) to adult and child immigrants in pursuit of permanent resident and citizenship status in the United States. My goal was to lead my students into the process by having them become confident in their English language skills. I succeeded in graduating several students to English fluency, while tutoring Spanish on the side for business professionals looking to diversify their portfolios.
I am ecstatic to be teaching here at Glenn Hills Elementary School and am excited to meet these bright students! My goal this year is to introduce your children to the Spanish language, culture, and the probability of international travel and exposure with their new language skills. I want kids to feel confident knowing that they have an extra jump in life and can, at any time, decide to acquire a second language for success in the future.
I look forward to this beautiful and successful year and am excited to meet you!