Henrico’s Top Teachers – Chelsea Bradford

Chelsea Bradford has a love for the Spanish language that is undeniable, and she brings the subject to life for her students at Glen Allen High School.

“She is absolutely without a doubt the sweetest, funniest and kindest teacher at GAHS,” wrote one student in a nomination letter. “Mrs. Bradford takes as much time as needed to ensure that her students are successful in their Spanish endeavors. There is nothing fake or improvised about her or her style of teaching. She truly cares about her students and wants nothing but the best for them.”

For Bradford, the Spanish language has been her passion since the first class she took.

“Spanish is the one thing I’ve stuck with,” she said. “I’ve picked up different things over the years and I never stuck with anything. In eighth grade, I took my first Spanish class and it made sense and was clear-cut, and I just fell in love with it. Every year in school I knew I was taking Spanish, not a doubt in my mind.”

When it came time for Bradford to attend college, she knew that Spanish was her only option as a major. After studying abroad in Valencia, Bradford became completely immersed in the culture, motivating her to continue learning and spurring her desire to spread her love of language with others.

Although Bradford said that she never expected to become a teacher, it’s a life choice that she believes made a lot of sense.

“I always liked helping other people and with languages especially,” said Bradford. “In college a lot of students wanted to simply get through the course, but for me it was fun and enjoyable. I was always tutoring my friends. It was something that came naturally to me.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Spanish, Bradford wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, but she applied for a temporary teaching job in Richmond and landed the position.

“I started teaching in August 2007, and I instantly loved it,” she said. “I say I fell into teaching – it was never something I expected – but I like interacting with students, and I like the idea of being in a classroom and having something new every day. Numerous family members are teachers, so the decision made sense.”

Bradford has been at Glen Allen High School for the past four years and teaches Spanish level one, Spanish level two and Spanish level four. Last year, she published her first educational resource online – a beginner-level reader for Spanish 1 and 2 students. She wants to continue that work and said that one of her favorite parts of the job is pushing students to realize the real world context that Spanish can offer.

“I just feel like languages are so important, and the idea of going to another county and having basic knowledge is amazing,” she said. “I like the fact that Richmond has a very diverse community and a growing Spanish-speaking population, and a lot of my students can come back and tell me where they used Spanish.

“It’s nice to be able to teach something they can use in the community and see a different level of excitement or how they pick up bits of conversation and understand it.”
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The Latin Ballet of Virginia, celebrating its 17th anniversary this year, will present its Arts in Education Summer Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19-23 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Children will have the opportunity to explore various dance techniques including classical ballet, flamenco, Latin American dances, contemporary dance, gymnastics and hip-hop, in addition to classes on dance history, creative movement, drums and percussion, arts and crafts and storytelling. Cost is $250. To register, visit http://www.latinballet.com. Full text

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