Ms. Maria Luis to teach Spanish part time

Ms. Maria Luis – Pierce Laveran ’24

No stranger to the Haverford community, Ms. Maria Luis, a native Spanish speaker, looks to spread her knowledge of the language to the upper school.

Ms. Luis previously served as a middle and upper school substitute teacher for the past six years. This is her first year as a part-time teacher, and she is eager to join the Modern and Classical Languages department. 

Prior to teaching, Ms. Luis earned a B.A. from Miami International University of Art & Design. Her Ecuadorian roots fuel her passion for educating others about the myriad cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

The Haverford community holds great significance to Ms. Luis.

“The reason why I chose to send my son to Haverford and teach here was because of the school’s culture,” Ms. Luis said. “The students here are very receptive and willing to learn new things, especially about new cultures and languages.”

Ms. Luis’ Spanish III and Spanish V classes are about more than just comprehension of the language. She wants not only to educate her students on the positive traditions and lifestyles of these countries but also dive into deep-rooted questions. 

“It’s important for my students to get engaged in the language and learn about the different problems that Spanish-speaking countries go through.”

Ms. Maria Luis

“It’s important for my students to get engaged in the language and learn about the different problems that Spanish-speaking countries go through. These problems are different but also similar in some ways to struggles here, and understanding these similarities and differences gives students a more global perspective on the class and the language,” Ms. Luis said. “My goal is for students to understand that the issues we deal with are happening all over the world and that we all go through similar things.”

Ms. Luis is looking forward to teaching and building relationships with her students. “Being a Spanish teacher this year is very exciting. I’ve always enjoyed teaching Spanish because it’s my main language,” Ms. Luis said. “I love learning about my students, and it’s important for them to know that I’m here as a resource if they need me.”

“I want to give back, in a way, to the community.”

Ms. Maria Luis

“I want to give back, in a way, to the community,” Ms. Luis said.