2nd and 3rd year Spanish language, grammar and writing
Office: Moore Hall 431 | Phone: (808) 956-4197
¡Hola! I am originally from Florida, and have lived in Hawai‘i for over 25 years combined. Before permanently settling in Hawai‘i, I lived in New York City, where I taught Spanish at New York University. I also lived in Barcelona, Spain, where I completed a postgraduate diploma in: Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. At the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, I teach first, second and third year language classes. In addition to Spanish language, I also teach intermediate grammar and composition (writing intensive focus) and have taught conversation (oral focus). I enjoy working with students and creating a fun environment, where everyone feels motivated to take chances with the language and develop their skills naturally.
My goal is to keep learning and growing as a language instructor. I participate in a variety of professional associations and professional development endeavors each year. I am a lifetime member of the Hawai‘i Association of Language Teachers (HALT) and was honored to receive the HALT award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. I am also a member of the AATPS and was awarded a travel stipend/scholarship from them in January of 2023, to attend the annual conference in Salamanca, Spain.
My main areas of interest are second language teaching and language acquisition. In the fall of 2022, I created the LLEA PoCo (post Covid) Talks series in which colleagues are able to share creative tips, ideas and resources that they acquired while teaching online, during the Covid pandemic. I am also a passionate advocate for the study abroad experience and the benefits of language immersion. I have led three groups from UH Mānoa on Spanish immersion programs abroad, and hope to lead more in the future. For more information please see my Link.