More than 400 million individuals speak Spanish as their native language. Considering that’s a pretty big chunk of the world’s 7 billion people, it’s important for everyone to learn as much as they can. If communication is key, then Spanish might be one of the doors. For this reason, every student at the Henderson International School gets a healthy lesson in this popular language. And if these students are in the 1st through 4th grade, then they’re probably seeing Spanish teacher Anthony Beswick a few times a week.
Beswick is a teacher who loves to teach. After realizing the 9 to 5 office world wasn’t for him, he decided to follow in his mother’s footsteps and became a teacher. The only problem – he wasn’t sure what to teach! Fortunately, he had lived in Spain in college and truly loved Spanish, and put those interests together to become a Spanish teacher. He started out in upstate New York, and when he reached the point of no longer wanting to see snow he decided to move to Las Vegas!
At Henderson International, Beswick teaches all 1st through 4th grade students, as well as the basketball players at Findlay Prep. He sees students two-days per week for half an hour each. By the time students complete the 8th grade they’re speaking a lot of Spanish, and Beswick’s goal with younger students is to get them familiar with the vocabulary and basic sentences so they can be ready for the next step.
The question of “why can’t everyone speak English” comes up a lot, defining Beswick’s most important goal: for students to understand that their language is not the only language spoken in the world. The world is bigger than just Henderson, and opening them up to that world is on his task list.
Having traveled throughout his life, Spanish speaking cultures are a passion for Beswick. He lived in Spain for a long semester in college, and has traveled to several other countries as well. This appreciation for world travel highlights his experience with the language, and also demonstrates the types of experiences that he seeks to pass along in his lessons. Students learn about the world while learning Spanish in Beswick’s classes.
Spanish is just a portion of Beswick’s involvement with the school. He also coaches the 5th and 6th grade soccer and basketball teams. The basketball season started just a few weeks ago, and goes through April. Soccer starts in early November and runs right up to holiday break; Beswick’s most recent team won the championship this past season!
Whether it’s teaching the importance of Spanish, coaching one of the school’s teams or interacting with the other faculty members, Beswick loves being a part of the family at Henderson International. “It feels like home,” he says. “The staff, parents, kids – everyone’s wonderful, and the teachers work really well together.”
Interview with Anthony Beswick