Phone: 208-350-4270 ext. 1203
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Spanish B.A. Spanish, Secondary Education M.Ed. Bilingual Education
My name is Trish Pinkert-Branner (Señora PB) and I'm the chess and Spanish teacher at LCMS. I bring a creative and research-based approach to language acquisition to LCMS by focusing on building conversational skills through whole language/immersion, using cross-curricular connections, and incorporating real-world experiences. At LCMS, students will study Spanish using music, movement, art, science, math, games, as well as technology. 8th grade students will be earning high school credit and will work on proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 8th graders also have a class store they participate in throughout the year, which teaches them the skills needed to make purchases in Spanish. 7th grade students enrolled in the 9-week Exploratory Spanish class will study the language and culture through our passport project and learn the basics of the Spanish language. With social distancing in mind, we will be creative when doing speaking and listening activities and rely largely on district-approved apps.
Apart from being a Spanish teacher and chess coach, I'm an artsy, nerdy cat lady. I love Star Wars, Doctor Who, playing lacrosse, painting, playing my guitar, watching soccer, playing Star Wars Battlefront, COD WWII and COD Modern Warfare, and traveling. My husband is retired from the military and is currently working on a business degree. We have two teenaged boys: our oldest graduated in 2020 and our youngest is a junior in high school. They communicate mostly through memes, eat all our Cheetos, and will hopefully win millions playing video games someday (#goals). My family and I live in Boise with our dog, Milo, and our three cats, Darth Kittious, Princess Leia, and Bubba Fett.
*Email is the best way to contact me, should you have any questions or concerns. Please check the Class Notebook on Teams for the daily schedule and assignments, as well as links to videos and songs.*