Connie began her career as a Spanish foreign language teacher in a middle school in Cupertino, CA. Then, a brief interim experience, lasting only two years, led her into the Airlines where she was a bilingual flight attendant based in Los Angeles. However, her love for teaching drew her to the Lennox School District near the LAX Airport where she was suddenly thrust into an ESL/ELD position to teach middle school and a few years later became the Lead Teacher in new Bilingual K - 2 program. Following a three year period of living and tutoring in Mexico City, Connie returned to Northern CA, completing two masters and then pursuing a doctorate in second language teaching while directing a new bilingual program in the Redwood City School District. Other experiences included authoring materials and teaching as an adjunct professor at San Jose State University in the Teacher Education Department.
Connie's approach to teaching has always embraced the all to familiar educational quote by William Butler Yeats: "Teaching is not the filling of the pail but the lighting of the fire". In other words, learning is not rote memorization of facts and information too easily forgotten, but it is a process. Real learning comes from deep inside the learner with a teacher (mentor) who believes that every individual has some background knowledge, some prior personal experiences, and deep insights that have the potential for growth, expansion, excitement and motivation for continued future learning.
Dr. Constance Williams has received multiple awards in the field of education as well as materials authored. Her awards are related to scholarships, excellence in writing, leadership, and teaching.
Connie holds a bachelor’s degree in education and Spanish (1965), a master of arts degree in multicultural education (1977), and a master of science degree in public school administration (1981) from San Jose State University and California State University, Hayward. She earned her Ed.D. in second language acquisition from the University of San Francisco in 1989.
Dr. Connie Casagranda Williams is one of those retired teachers who just cannot stop creating after teaching for 20 years and then authoring materials for the next 20 years. According to Connie, retirement provides the time in life when a creative, former teacher and writer, finally has the time to explore, invent, discover, and create what teachers really need and want in the classroom to support the materials published by publishers. Dr. Williams has primarily taught in bilingual settings and has always had a passion for second and even third language learning. As a trilingual individual, Connie has always embraced the belief that language learning must take place in a meaningful context with someone who knows the target language. Therefore, engagement and collaboration are critical elements to generate more language. Table Talk Times Two! provides a setting in which those keys to language learning become a reality.