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Kellie Dillman

Kellie Dillman

My name is Kellie Dillman and I grew up in Danville, KY. I began taking Spanish classes as electives as a sophomore in high school and continued until I graduated high school in May 2005. After graduation, I went with my high school Spanish teacher and fellow students on a two week tour of Spain, where I learned a great deal about Spanish culture. We were able to visit Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and other smaller cities. I immediately enrolled in Spanish classes at the University of the Cumberlands and after my junior year, spent one month studying abroad with several other students from the University in Salamanca, Spain. That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I gained so much knowledge and confidence from living there. I really enjoyed being immersed in the culture and learned as much as I could while there.  

I graduated in May 2009 with a Major in Elementary Education and a Spanish Teaching Minor. I then moved to Lexington where I was hired at a predominately Hispanic elementary school as a Kindergarten teacher. I was able to practice and use my skills with my students, their parents and also other staff members. This year, I work as a Kindergarten Spanish Immersion teacher and use my skills all day, every day. Knowing Spanish made a huge difference for me when it came to finding a job. Without it, I'm convinced I would still be searching for a job, as the market is highly competitive. Being able to speak Spanish is the one skill that I feel sets me apart from other candidates, even if the job is not specifically related to Spanish. I am so blessed to have had these experiences and will be forever grateful to the ones who made it possible!