As Advanced Academics Coordinator, I promote accelerated learning opportunities across the curriculum. In my own learning and professional practice, I have often seen how challenges provide opportunities for growth. I believe that every student has unique strengths that can be nurtured to ensure academic success and lifelong enjoyment of learning.
As a language teacher, I have loved learning languages and teaching them to others! I was the first World Language teacher in Minneapolis to achieve National Board Certification and to be licensed in Spanish, French and German. I am board-certified in both Spanish and French, and an AP Spanish Examination Reader. I have also been a Guest Lecturer for the TOEFL (ETS), creating examination content about music and art. I have studied Spanish in Spain at both the Universidad Complutense and at the Instituto Cervantes. I studied French at the University of Caen in France and at Laval University in Québec City in Canada.
While I was a student, I had five years of professional experience as an Interpreter for a major airline. I have traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Western Europe and to China, Russia, Turkey, Japan and Thailand. I have received various educational honors and awards. In July 2011, I traveled over 2500 kilometers throughout southern Mexico as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, to do research and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural diversity and challenges facing contemporary Mexico. My professional awards include a King Juan Carlos Fellowship from the Fundacion Ortega y Gasset for study in Spain, an Imagination Grant from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and a grant from the NEH for study and research in France on the WWII era, including the Holocaust in France and the events of the Liberation. I also edit and translate educational materials for publication.
I completed majors in languages and music at the University of Minnesota, from which I graduated summa cum laude at age nineteen. In addition to my MA from Columbia University, I have a doctorate in Music with High Distinction from Indiana University. At Indiana, I was an Associate Instructor and coached opera singers in foreign-language pronunciation and diction. I also compiled a pronunciation guide for WFIU Radio (NPR), where I gained experience in radio announcing and production. During my studies, I also learned to read Italian and Norwegian, though I cannot speak or write either language fluently.
Family activities, making music and art, and working in my flower garden are my favorite ways to spend time away from school.