Dentlinger, Elizabeth
Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Dentlinger is very excited to be a part of the Cub Nation here at Nevada Community Schools!

Mrs. Dentlinger began her love affair with all things Spanish at a very young age. When Mrs. Dentlinger was in grade school, her school was fortunate to have students from all over the world move there. After her Polish best friend moved away in the third grade, she found herself spending a lot of time with Eduardo, the new boy from México. Mrs. Dentlinger loved how nice his family was to her and she liked how sweet and thoughtful Eduardo was as they played at his house. These connections motivated her to learn a language in high school and she quickly settled on Spanish as it was the only language offered for four full years. Mrs. Dentlinger thinks back fondly on her time in Señora Conjamón's room and her experiences at Fruitport High School in Fruitport, MI.

After graduating high school, Mrs. Dentlinger attended Western Michigan University - where she initially planned on studying journalism. After hearing how newspapers were severely downsizing in the area, she realized it wasn't a smart career decision. While trying to figure out what else she could study instead, her mother asked Mrs. Dentlinger what she enjoys and two things came to mind: school and Spanish. She refocused her studies and decided to become a teacher while getting very involved in the university's Residence Life, Kappa Delta Pi, and other School of Education initiatives. In her junior year of college, she studied abroad for a semester in Burgos, España. While there she volunteered by teaching English to both elementary and university students. After she returned to the states, Mrs. Dentlinger took the opportunity to teach English 1000 at her university while she added another minor. Mrs. Dentlinger graduated from Western Michigan University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a Spanish major and minors in English and Communications.

Around the time Mrs. Dentlinger graduated and was looking for a job, Michigan's economy was struggling due to the economic crisis and many manufacturers moving out of the state. She decided to explore options nationwide and ended up decided on a small school in Western Iowa because the school had the kind of Spanish program she was looking for. She then met her husband and moved to Central Iowa to be with him. Mr. & Mrs. Dentlinger enjoyed a beach wedding in Cabo San Lucas and currently live in Ankeny. Her husband, Michael, is a Field Systems Engineer in the greater Des Moines area. In addition to spoiling their many furbabies, they enjoy fixing up their home and doing Pinterest projects.

Mrs. Dentlinger has enjoyed helping her students discover a love for Spanish language and culture in many ways. In addition to the classroom, she has brought students to Justo Lamas concerts, brought teams to the statewide Spanish Quizbowl (and won second place in April 2016!), and traveled with students to Spain, Guatemala, and Belize. She earned Teacher of the Month at her previous school for her efforts to help some new non-English speaking students who moved into the district. Mrs. Dentlinger was also previously a Speech Coach and is proud to have coached four All-State Speech Performers!

In addition to working with middle and high school students, Mrs. Dentlinger is interested in helping pre-teaching candidates and other teachers alike. She began sharing her experiences as a Spanish teacher with other world language teachers on her blog and through Twitter before deciding to earn her Master's of Education in World Language Instruction from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Since receiving her Master's, Mrs. Dentlinger has opened up her classroom to student-teachers, co-created the Comprehensible Iowa Conference to help local teachers learn how to teach with comprehensible input, co-created the regional equivalent of the Comprehensible Iowa Conference called the Comprehensible Midwest Conference, ran the social media accounts for the Iowa World Language Association, and she was recently voted Vice President of the Iowa World Language Association. In the future, Mrs. Dentlinger would like to continue many of her current endeavors, teach a class for pre-service world language teachers, and earn a Master's in Spanish in order to be able to teach at the community college level.

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