Assistant Professor, Spanish
Office: WSC 216I
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I earned my bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in geography in my home state of Minnesota at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As an undergraduate student I spent my junior year studying Spanish in Chile and Ecuador and traveling to Spanish-speaking countries Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Peru and Uruguay.
For graduate school I attended Kansas State University and graduated with Master’s degrees in Spanish Literature and Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Second Language Acquisition. While I didn’t travel anywhere as a graduate student, I did lots of reading and learning a lot from my professors. I read literature like Don Quixote, Cien Años de Soledad, Pedro Páramo and Don Juan and also studied teaching, linguistics and second language acquisition.
I believe that while the endeavor of learning a foreign language may seem like an intimidating task, students are capable of communicating and speaking a new language regardless of their background with foreign languages. In class students will learn new vocabulary and learn grammar structures for the sake of being able to produce more speech and communicate in Spanish. We will also learn about culture and history from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. If you have any questions regarding Spanish or foreign languages please don’t hesitate to see me in my office or email me.