Teacher Spotlight: Why Spanish is Crucial to this Teacher 


The nation flag of Spain.

Carter Crouch and John Taylor

As the new school year begins at Hidden Valley High School Mr. Harrison outlines why he became a teacher and how he became so skilled at the Spanish language.   


Mr. Harrison is a Spanish teacher at Hidden Valley. He has been teaching for Roanoke County for nine years but has been tutoring and volunteering ever since he was 18 years old.   


When asked why Mr. Harrison wanted to become a teacher he responded with, “Ever since I was 14, I’ve kind of known this was my path.”  


Learning a new language is exceedingly difficult and is even more challenging to teach. It took Mr. Harrison many years of practicing to become completely fluent in Spanish.  


“It took a lot of practicing on my own, it was a combination of in class material, and just whenever I could practice I would,” Mr. Harrison said.  


Teachers can impact the future of their students, and this was the case for Mr. Harrison.  


Mr. Harrison said, “I had a lot of teachers, so I would take a little bit from this teacher and a little bit from that teacher.”  


Mr. Harrison is excited to be back at Hidden Valley and start the new school year and, after speaking with him he not only has a passion for teaching but for the Spanish language as well.  


“Interestingly enough I’ve seen numbers that say we have the second highest number of Spanish speakers of any country in the world. Even more than Spain and Argentina,” Mr. Harrison said.  


“You can even just go through our community and see all the different business signs in Spanish and see how relevant it is not only in the world but in our own neighborhood as well.”