MAT, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT
BS Cultural Anthropology, Bridgewater State College, MA
Public Translator, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I am a retired Spanish teacher. This winter term of 2018, I am teaching Michele Small's class while she is on sabbatical. I taught twenty-seven years at South Shore and Ashland High Schools. I am bilingual as a result of living, studying, working, and traveling in Latin America and Spain. I am interested in world cultures and my principal concerns are peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability. I have lived near Lake Superior for thirty years and look forward to spending more time in Uruguay.
I have co-presented several times at the Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers conference on music, poetry, film, and culture of Uruguay. I explored the dialogue between art and literature during a National Endowment for the Humanities workshop for teachers called Authors the in the Prado in Madrid, Spain. I achieved and renewed National Board Certification.
I have appreciated Northland's contributions to learning and the surrounding communities since coming to the area, and took a couple of courses early on to fulfill certification requirements. Over the years I have attended fantastic cultural events and lectures, in addition to enjoying the swimming pool. I am honored and delighted to be part of the Northland community this academic year.
Although I started out as a teacher of English as a second language, I have primarily taught Spanish throughout my career as an educator. Perhaps the most salient feature of my teaching is a focus on relevant interaction to achieve communicative competence with rich cultural and linguistic experiences.
I involve students by providing opportunities to use Spanish while exploring diverse cultural products, practices, and perspectives of its native speakers.
My hobby is visiting and keeping in touch with friends. I enjoy films, plays, concerts, and presentations in our area. I watch the PBS NewsHour and listen to Public Radio. I like to swim and cross country ski. I ride bicycles for transportation around town, except when we have ice and snow, and go for long slow walks with a sweet old golden retriever named Baker.