I received my BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of New Hampshire in 2014. I completed my MA in Spanish at UNH in 2016, with an emphasis on Latin American literature and culture. I am currently a PhD student at Brown University where I study Latin American literature and film. While a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, I taught two semesters of introductory Spanish, and completed several courses related to the teaching of Spanish as a second language. During the summer of 2015, I taught an Advanced Listening and Speaking course at the University of New Hampshire's ESL Institute. From 2015-2016, I worked as the sole Spanish instructor at an independent K-8 institution, where I helped to revamp the school's World Language curriculum. I currently teach introductory Spanish to undergraduate students at Brown University where I am a PhD student. Over the years I have tutored students of all ages and ability levels, and have worked with multiple online Spanish courses. Beyond my work in the classroom, I also have significant experience living and working in Latin America. As an undergraduate, I spent a semester studying in Peru, and served as a student translator on service trips to both Honduras and Nicaragua. Most recently, I spent a year (2016-2017) living and working in Quito, Ecuador as part of a Princeton in Latin America fellowship. My job required me to work with a team almost entirely comprised of Ecuadorians and thus communicate in Spanish.
I believe in making grammar accessible to all students by focusing on the basics. Many students come to the Spanish classroom with little understanding of their own language (usually, English), and thus become frustrated when they are asked to use and dissect the Spanish language. My resources use a comparative approach that demystifies language learning by emphasizing the connections and similarities between English and Spanish, and ensuring that students feel comfortable working with the basic building blocks of language learning. Rather than cut corners, I slow things down. I make sure that my students can explain what they are doing and why, rather than simply regurgitating memorized material. I believe that this approach helps students to grow as language learners, feel more confident when using Spanish, and, most importantly, improve their writing skills in their first language.
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PhD Hispanic Studies - Brown University, Expected May 2022 MA Spanish - University of New Hampshire, 2016 BA Spanish, Latin American Studies - University of New Hampshire 2014
I live in New England where I love to read, run, play with my dog, and enjoy the ocean!