Kathleen Priceman holds a BA in Spanish Education from the State University of New York at Albany and a MA in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has more than 25 years experience teaching English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education (grades K-4), Spanish as a Second Language, and Spanish Immersion. She was selected to be the 2014 Illinois Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in recognition for her efforts to promote language learning and expertise in instruction.Since 1997 she has worked with colleagues to develop curriculum and teach in a very successful Spanish Immersion program for Oak Park Elementary District 97 in Illinois.
Between 2005 and 2010 she served as the FLES Committee chairperson and Vice President for Illinois Council on the Teaching of foreign Languages. She was president of ICTFL from 2011-2012. Currently she is the FLES Chair of ICTFL and the Illinois state representative for NNELL, National Network for Early Language Learning. She is an Advisory Council member of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She has represented ICTFL twice as a participant in the Central States Conference Extension Workshops and has disseminated information on Vertical Teaming, and Holistic Assessment to educators throughout Illinois at ICTFL Fall Conferences and Winterfest. She is an active member of the Illinois Educators’ Association. She is past Vice President of the Oak Park Teachers’ Association has served as building representative of OPTA for several years. She has served on the District 97 Education Council, Strategic Planning Steering Committee, World Language Advisory Committee, and Diversity Leadership Network.
Kathleen is the mother of three adult children and lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband Eric. Her life and that of her family have been greatly enhanced by living and working in linguistic and culturally diverse settings throughout the years.
After returning to Spain in 2001 on a scholarship awarded by the Spanish Embassy, Ms. Priceman was inspired to create opportunities for families and other educators to experience the richness of being immersed and living in another culture. Each July she returns to Salamanca Spain where she lives and teaches graduate courses in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators. These education courses are designed for all educators and other adults, from novice to superior levels of Spanish who desire to enhance their cultural and linguistic proficiencies in Spanish to better serve their students or clients. While opportunities for teachers already proficient in Spanish are plentiful, experiences for novice or intermediate language speakers are not.
Living in Spain each summer enables her to maintain and improve her own linguistic proficiency in Spanish while introducing her second “home” to others. In addition to the university courses, Ms. Priceman also offers a Immersion Camp experience for youngsters ages 5-12. This program was designed to meet the needs of young learners (FLES and immersion students) whose families are looking for an authentic cultural and linguistic living experience. Opportunities for parents and teens to study Spanish are also available.
Kathleen is committed to providing unique linguistic and cultural immersion experiences that are part of 21st Century learning to educators, adults and families.
She designs unique living and studying experiences for individuals and families.
Contact Kathleen Priceman at 708-870-0698 for additional information.