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M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, Portland State University, 2010

B.S. in Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988

TESOL Certificate, 2011

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Affiliated with: 
Sch Lang, Culture & Soc
Courses Taught: 
  • SPAN 111, 112 and 113 (First Year Spanish)
  • SPAN 211, 212, 213 (Second Year Spanish)
  • SPAN 311,312, 313 (Third Year Spanish)
  • SPAN 318 (Introduction to Spanish Literature)
  • SPAN 331, 332 (Cultures of Spain and Portugal)
  • SPAN 411(Specialized Grammar)
Research/Career Interests: 

I began teaching at Oregon State University in 2014 for e-campus. Prior to OSU I taught at Lewis & Clark College from 2010-2016 and began my teaching career at Portland State University in 2008.  Prior to this I was an emergency room nurse and flight nurse for 20+ years. My father is from Spain and my mother grew up in France and Spain.  We only spoke Spanish at home so it was my first language. I later learned English in school.  In 2006 I decided that I wanted to change careers and began to study Spanish formally and entered graduate school. I graduated from Portland State University in 2010 with a Masters in Spanish Language and Literature and have been teaching since then. I love teaching students Spanish, I am quite passionate about culture, social systems, diversity and social justice. I try to incorporate those themes in my courses. I have taught 1st-4th year Spanish, Peninsular Culture & History and Castilian Music & Folklore. For the past 6 summers I led study abroad courses in Zamora, Spain that I created back in 2013.  I speak Spanish, English and am currently learning Italian. 

In my spare time I have traveled throughout Spain extensively and lived off/on in my father's home town of Zamora,Spain.  I enjoy hiking, running, walking and riding my bike all through the countryside. 

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