MA, Northern Illinois University, Spanish Language and Literature BA, Northern Illinois University, Spanish Business and Translation
I am a recent addition to the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures. My MA and BA are both from NIU. I suppose, once a Huskie, always a Huskie. My teaching background is, well, let’s say different. I have taught Spanish at Rock Valley College, Rockford College and Blackhawk Technical College. Outside of college classes, I have enjoyed the challenges of bringing Spanish skills to communities. A partial list of some interesting courses I have taught would include Spanish for Medical Professionals (one specifically for anesthesiologists), Spanish for Government Agencies and Spanish for Business (for companies that needed Spanish skills to facilitate exportation or communicate with Spanish-speaking employees). Of course to create meaningful curricula for these courses, I had to learn the manufacturing processes of cutting tools, construction materials, food products, the language needs of social workers, public defenders, law enforcement, emergency management personnel and many more. Can you say “router bit” in Spanish? I can.
Outside of Spanish courses, I have written curricula for adult professional development and continuing education. Additionally, I always try to teach an ESL class. The diversity and commitment of ESL students is very energizing. I learn from them everyday.
I began teaching at NIU as a teaching assistant. I spent only a little more than a year in graduate school, so my TA career was only two semesters. During that time I wrote my master’s thesis entitled "Living on the Edge: A Study of Marginality and Criminality of Las Novelas Ejemplares," which explores the symbiotic and causal relationship between criminals and the dominant culture of Cervantes’ Spain. Yes, I am a Cervantes fan.
I think it will be fun to be back here at my alma mater. There have been some significant changes in the intervening ten years; but some things remain unaffected by time and stay familiar... like home.