Alina Best began her teaching career here at SJB in 2008. She taught 1st grade here until 2014, before moving to another school for 3 years where she taught 1st and 4th grades. She rejoined the team in 2017 in a new role as K-8 instructor in both Spanish and Art, drawing on her lifelong passion and study of both.
Third of five children in a Cuban-American family, Alina was raised to love and value faith, language, music, and the richness found in diversity. She grew up in Northwest Montana, and returns often to visit her siblings, niece and nephews. She went to a small, liberal arts school in Northeast Tennessee, where she sought a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She received her MSEd in Elementary Reading and Math in 2013, and continues to pursue opportunities to learn and practice various forms of art, including oil painting, lettering, drawing and sculpture. Among other things, Alina loves singing, animals, sign language, and storytelling.