All Town full-time Town of Avon employees are now expected to complete
two 1.5 hour classes focused on Courtesy Spanish. Classes are held during the Monday - Friday
workweek at Avon Town Hall. Upon completion of both classes, employees will be awarded an Avon Habla completion certificate.
Maestro de Español, Avon Habla (Avon Habla’s Spanish
Señor John J. Martin is Eagle County Schools’ Spanish Teacher at
Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. When he first arrived at VSSA, there was no
Spanish language program, and he developed their curriculum and taught their
classes. Today, this grade 6-12 magnet school has Spanish levels 1-5, as
well as a Spanish AP class offering. Señor Martin has his Bachelor’s in
Spanish Language and Literature from Gonzaga University in Spokane,
Washington. In addition to his undergrad education Spanish, he lived in
Mexico and also lived and worked in Spain. He and his wife make their
home here in the Eagle Valley.
Employees may opt to take two levels of fluency exam: One
for conversational fluency (focused on speaking and listening) and one for full
fluency, which will include speaking, listening, reading and writing.