By Clara Watson
¿Conoce al señor Underwood? I interviewed him to find out a little more about him and his teaching. Señor Underwood has always loved to travel. His favorite place he has ever lived was Mundaka, in northern Spain. It was breathtakingly beautiful there, and fed his drive to travel the world. He used to be a science teacher but after a 6 month backpacking trip in Central and South America, he decided Spanish needs to be a part of his life. Teaching it would be a way to keep that gift in his life. So he began his successful quest of becoming a Spanish teacher.
Señor Underwood loves teaching Spanish because he gets to teach the culture of the language. He also enjoys listening to his students speak Spanish in class, and gaining the confidence of being bilingual. Growing up Señor Underwood loved Spanish and math equally, he explained how your mind works differently in math, and you can’t really make a logical switch to Spanish as much. He loved how you used different parts of your brain to develop each skill. If he could have every kid at SBJH know one phrase in Spanish it would be this, Cada persona que ves está luchando una batalla de la que tú no sabes nada, sé amable siempre (translation: Each person you see is fighting a battle that you know nothing about, so be nice always).
Señor Underwood’s favorite spot in Santa Barbara is the Sandspit, a beach near the entrance of the harbor. He loves to take his big stand up paddle board and SUP around Sandspit, and enjoy his favorite beach. His all time favorite Mexican food in Santa Barbara is East Beach Tacos. He loves their Vietnamese style taco, called Banh Mi. Even though it’s not traditional Mexican food, it is absolutely scrumptious! Señor Underwood is a grateful, resourceful, and hardworking teacher who misses seeing the faces of his students so much. We are all so lucky to have such a passionate and fun Spanish teacher! ¡Hasta luego!