Are you feeling overwhelmed with Spanish grammar? Do you “freeze up” on exams and struggle to remember vocabulary words? Are you bored with Spanish or feel like you don’t have the time or ability to excel on exams? If so, you are not alone. Learning a foreign language is daunting for most students.
I am a former college Spanish instructor with a Master's degree from CU-Boulder. One day I fell in love with the Spanish language and decided to take a community college course. I liked it so much that I eventually ended up with my graduate degree. I taught Spanish grammar, writing and literature to college students for six years. Many of my students were native Spanish speakers who had never learned how to write.
After receiving my degree in 1997, I also wrote and published two books in English that I researched in Spain. Both books have been very successful—in fact, I was asked to be part of a National Geographic program that was filmed in Valencia, based on one of my books. I have also tutored high school Spanish students, translated a book from English to Spanish, and traveled extensively through Spain, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Spanish history and culture are a passion for me.
My first undergraduate degree was in Graphic Design from Northern Illinois University. I owned a typography and design business for many years, but today I am an avid photographer and Photoshop user. I especially love taking nature photos in Colorado, using Photoshop as a tool for photo manipulation and creative expression. I also use Adobe Lightroom, InDesign, and QuarkXpress to design and edit newsletters and books.
I believe that any student can excel in a foreign language (or in writing, photography and computer skills, for that matter). With a positive attitude, good study habits, and a great instructor, the possibilities for your future are endless.
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