Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in English Language Teaching B.A. in International Finance and Business Administration Ed.S in English Language Teaching

Ms. Gretell Lara

My name is Gretell Lara and I am one of the Spanish teachers at SSS. I came to the United States in September of 2019 through Participate Learning, a global exchange program for foreign teachers. I have earned two bachelor degrees in Colombia: one in English Language Teaching and one in International Finance and Business Administration, both awarded by the University of Cordoba, as well as a Specialization degree in English Language Teaching awarded by the Pontifitian Bolivarian University in Colombia. I completed the first year of my Master's degree in English Language Teaching but then decided to pursue one of my biggest dreams: living in the U.S. 

I have been a teacher for 8 years, and I have taught English as a Second Language in Elementary, Middle and High School in Colombia. Before coming to the U.S., I was also working as an English Professor at the same university that awarded my bachelor degrees. 

As a cultural ambassador in SSS I attempt to promote international-mindedness in my classes by exposing my students to cultural content and traditions from Hispanic countries. I strongly believe that awareness of other cultures develops a more tolerant and embracing society. 


Check my schedule for next year:


Fall Classes 2021-2022
Block 1: Spanish II (A/B)
Block 3: Spanish II (A/B)
Block 4: Spanish I (A-B)
Spring Classes 2021-2022
Block 1: Spanish II (A/B) 
Block 3: Spanish II (A/B)
Block 4: Spanish I (A-B)

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    North Carolina schools are required to administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 to all students identified as English Learners (ELs) in the spring of each year to determine their progress in learning English. Each student is tested in four areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This assessment helps us monitor their English language development.

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    The Johnston County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the 2022 Johnston County Public Schools salary schedule at their regularly scheduled Dec. 14 meeting.

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