Southeastern Louisiana University (Liberal Arts Studies)
I began studying Spanish as a student in public school in the 6th grade. Continuing through high school, my teacher, a native of Cuba, engaged us with the challenge of learning Spanish at an advanced level through reading, conversation, music, film and theatrical presentations. The foundation of my fluency was established by participating in class, attending foreign language festivals and as a member of the high school foreign language club. While a student, I traveled to Mexico on a school trip chaperoned by my teacher and to Guayaquil, Ecuador in the summer before my senior year of high school. In college, I continued to take Spanish courses in grammar and literature, earning a liberal arts degree with a concentration in Spanish.
As an adult, I have traveled to Mexico on leisure and as a church missions team member to the area of Reynosa and Matamoros, serving the local community through helping set up a temporary field health clinic and with construction of an educational and vocational facility for a local church. I am an enthusiastic fan of soccer, which has a solid base of clubs and national teams in Spanish-speaking countries. On my travels, I have gathered exposure to a variety of backgrounds and experiences through direct contact with native speakers. Spanish music and films have also been an influence and I attend concerts and other cultural opportunities in Spanish. It is my desire to transfer the value Spanish has in my life to someone who chooses to learn the language and encourage them to immerse themselves to the level of fluency they wish to attain. I began studying Spanish as a student in public school in the 6th grade. Continuing through high school, my teacher, a native of Cuba, engaged us with the challenge of learning Spanish at an advanced level through reading, conversation, music, film and theatrical presentations. The foundation of my fluency was established by participating in
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I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts Studies with a concentration in Spanish from Southeastern Louisiana University.
I worked for four years as a full-time substitute teacher in Spanish and added subjects in a local public schools system.
I enjoy speaking Spanish with native speakers and receive compliments for my ability to communicate.