“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
I have spent my 30+ years in education teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and college levels. I also was the K-12 Coordinator for English Language Learners for a public school district in Michigan for three years. I have an intense interest in second language learning theory and practice. I also enjoy working with student teachers in a second language field, whether it be ESL or world language teaching.
I have bachelor's and master's degrees in Spanish, political science, and education from Michigan State University. I also studied abroad as an undergrad at the Universidad de Valencia in Spain where I took courses in Spanish literature, language, and culture. I received certification in Teaching English as a New (Second) Language in a graduate program at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Areas of Expertise
- Second Language Acquisition
- Teaching culture using simulations
Courses Recently Taught
- Spanish 101,102
- Educ 222
- Educ 325, 425
- Teacher of Spanish, French, and political science; K -12 ESL coordinator: New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo, Michigan
- Spanish instructor; Spanish course coordinator, Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, Michigan
- Faculty; English language school, Saint Mary’s College.
- Part time faculty; modern languages and education departments, Saint Mary’s College
Creative and Scholarly Work
"Using Simulations to Teach Culture in the Spanish Classroom" Hispañia 19(4), pages 858-859 December 1996
- Region IV Michigan Teacher of the Year 1993-94
- Finalist State of Michigan Teacher of the Year 1993-94