High School Teacher
Marcela teaches High School Spanish through True North Homeschool Academy.
Mrs. Best was born in Santa Marta, Colombia, a beautiful town in the Caribbean which was the first Spanish settlement in the Americas, and is currently one of the largest ports in the continent. She was Classically Educated in an all-girls school and graduated from high school when she was 17 years old.
She moved to the United States in 2001 to attend college and met the love of her life just 3 short weeks after she arrived. She has been married to her husband, Jeremy, for 16 years and they have 5 beautiful children.
The Best family currently lives on a 40-acre ranch in Georgia. In her spare time, Marcela enjoys reading non-fiction, photography, weightlifting, and researching and curating her own classical curriculum for her students.
Marcela has homeschooled her five children for the past 8 years. Laya, Samuel, Matthew, Joseph, and Noah have benefitted from her abilities and experience in education.
Professional Degrees & Experience
Marcela attended Travis Technical Institute and earned a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Later, she attended Polk Community College for an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. As a native Spanish speaker, she has thrived teaching Spanish both online and at co-ops.
…my son was her student in two different types of homeschool co-op classes, so I’ve seen her teach in several different settings. Marcela is the kind of teacher who brings passion, preparation, and excellence to whatever topic she teaches. She is well versed in the standard curriculum, but she also brings it alive with her own personal experience. She engages students with classroom discussions, and she challenges them to have a spirit of excellence as well. I highly recommend her!
…Teachers like Ms. Best are truly a rarity. Not only being a native Spanish speaker, she also understands grammar well and has first-hand experience in learning a foreign language as a young student. In addition to these great qualifications, she is very creative and handles different grade/age levels very well.
…In the 2018-2019 school year, she helped high school students in guided conversation practice. She also worked with elementary and middle school students, also exceeding expectations. In previous years, she did an excellent job helping with the oral exams for my high school students. She provided detailed assessments, including vocabulary and grammar usage as well as listening comprehension. She also encouraged them to improvise for a more natural conversation as opposed to one scripted in the book.