I am an Associate Professor of Spanish and have 10 years of experience teaching language, literature, and culture at the college level, including our Spanish course for heritage speakers. I also serve as the department chair for the language department and work as a faculty mentor in our Achievement Plus program for first-generation college students.
Before making the move to higher education, I worked in an elementary school for 3 years, 2 of which I spent as the librarian for students in grades K-6, and one of which I spent teaching Spanish for students in grades pK-6.
I use a proficiency-based approach to world language teaching, and incorporate authentic cultural materials into my lessons. My mantra is "Communication, not perfection!" I believe in an immersion experience, so I teach 100% in the target language. I think humor and fun are essential ingredients in a positive classroom experience, so I create activities that are engaging and entertaining while still being challenging and meaningful. When students step through my doors, they never know if they'll have to impersonate a chicken, have a paper fight, or dance to horrible 80s music, but they always know they'll have fun and do it all in Spanish!
✽ Rev. Donald J. Grimes Award for Service-Learning Teaching Excellence, King's College, 2019
✽ Faculty Summer Research Grant, King's College, 2019
✽ Innovation in Teaching Grant, King's College, 2016
✽ Catherine Ham Memorial Award, University of Chicago, 2007
✽ Emilie Watts McVea Scholar, Sweet Briar College, 2001-2004
✽ W. Edward Overly Award in Spanish, Sweet Briar College, 2004
✽ Rickards Scholar, Sweet Briar College, 2001
Honor Society Memberships:
✽ Phi Beta Kappa
✽ Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society
✽ Alpha Mu Gamma, National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society
✽ Delta Epsilon Sigma, National Honor Society for Catholic Colleges and Universities
✽ Iota Sigma Pi, National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry
✽ Alpha Lambda Delta, National Honor Society for First-Year Students
✽ MA, MPhil, PhD in Spanish, Yale University
Dissertation: "'Al revés anda ya el mundo': The inversion motif in the Spanish Golden Age"
✽ MA in Humanities, University of Chicago
✽ BA in Spanish and Chemistry, Sweet Briar College
Summa Cum Laude, Honors Degree, Highest Honors in Spanish
I am a happily married mother of an 8 year old and I love to have fun! In my spare time, I love to get lost in a good book or do puzzles, and I am fascinated by fonts.