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Mr. Normansen will be teaching French (1 & 2) and Spanish (1 & 2).
My name is Jason Normansen, and I’m from Eugene, OR but have lived in Portland for the last 7 years. I am married to my wonderful wife, Kristin, and we love being the parents of a new baby boy named Leif, who was born in June.
For hobbies, I enjoy reading, cooking, and playing guitar and piano. I also really enjoy languages, and can often be overheard asking someone how to say something in their native langue. As a family, we also like going to the river and the beach as often as we can. One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 4:8: “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Westside’s World Languages department hosted a 2-day Organic World Language (OWL) training. Teachers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Texas gathered to learn and collaborate on creating an engaging and student-centered classroom that focuses on proficiency. Major topics included creating proficiency-based assessments, pushing students to their next proficiency level, and using authentic resources to build literacy. It’s been an informative and fun time for all.