I earned my Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics right here at Penn State in 2013 and after teaching numerous courses as a graduate student, I took a position as a lecturer to explore my growing passion for teaching. I now teach a wide range of courses in the Spanish Department and the Linguistics Program, including courses on phonology, morphology/syntax, and the history of Spanish. My research interests include language variation and historical language change, especially in the evolution of Spanish. I am fascinated by the gradual process of linguistic change, as it illustrates how language is not static; rather it is constantly evolving. I also collaborate with a colleague to create conference presentations and publications on teaching methods we've developed in the area of second-language Spanish instruction.
Before studying linguistics, I completed my undergraduate education at Penn State, earning a B.A. in Integrative Arts and a B.A. in Spanish and then worked as a goldsmith for several years. Even as a full-time lecturer, I still take advantage of every opportunity I have to find creative solutions to problems using original designs.