12 years teaching Spanish at Saugus High School, Saugus Massachusetts; 4 years teaching Spanish and Linguistics at University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts; 3 years teaching Spanish and Linguistics at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; 1 year teaching Maya Linguistics at Universidad Mariano Galvez, Guatemala, Guatemala.
I teach with comprehensible input. I find that my students are able to acquire vastly more Spanish by this approach than by any other means I have attempted. I also find that my students' success in Spanish does not necessarily correlate with their success in other school subjects. I believe this is because comprehensible input feeds an instinctual acquisition process largely independent of the mental processes called upon by other academic subjects.
Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Maya Linguistics, 1996-1997; National Science Foundation Honorable Mention in Linguistics, 1990-1991.
University of the Pacific/National Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (NTPRS) Practicum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008; PhD in Linguistics, MIT, 1994; BA in Linguistics and Philosophy, summa cum laude, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1990.
Inventor of StellaLingua.com Spanish-teaching software; Extensive research and publications in linguistics; Research, teaching and travel in Mexico and Central America; Classically trained vocalist; Guitarist.