I am currently the Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program, a position I have held since fall 2011. I have been teaching Spanish at Penn State for the last nine years. I teach resident courses in the Spanish Basic Language Program and I teach World Campus courses, as well. In addition to these courses, I teach a methodology class (Spanish 502: Theory and Techniques of Teaching Spanish) to new instructors and grad students. The goal of this course is to familiarize incoming Spanish language instructors with the philosophy and theory consonant with the Spanish Basic Language Program.
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Education from the University of Málaga. Then, I continued my studies by completing the Masters of Arts degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language at the National University of Distance Education (Madrid, Spain). When I was completing this graduate program, I had the unique opportunity to meet some of the top leading scholars in linguistics and start a second Masters of Arts degree in Spanish at Penn State. This Master of Arts was crucial for my theoretical and applied linguistics background and well-founded coordinating experience.
I love reading, traveling, visiting National Parks, and bird watching. In 1999, I enjoyed an internship as Environmental Educator at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, PA. However, one of my favorite hobbies is to eat all the exquisite food that my husband cooks!