Concepcion Gliesman - NIU - Foreign Languages & Literatures


Concepcion Gliesman

MA, Northern Illinois University, Spanish and Literature
BA, Northern Illinois University, Spanish and Literature

¡Hola! I am a native of the central part of Mexico from a city called Salvatierra in the state of Guananjuato. Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with languages and asked my parents if I could travel to the USA with my aunt to study English as a second language. It was a hard decision for my parents to let me go the States and study English. I came to the US when I was 9 years old and stayed until I was 12 years old. I then returned to Mexico to complete junior high school and part of my high school education. Again, because of my interest in language, I came back to the States for one more year to refresh the English that I had lost by not practicing with anyone – and I ended up staying here.

After graduating from high school, I knew I wanted to go to college but I could not make up my mind as to what I wanted to do. After a few years I decided that I wanted to be a teacher just like my parents and share the beauty of the Spanish language with others. I received an associate’s degree in Education from Kishwaukee Community College, and then I transferred to Northern Illinois University where I received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish & Literature. I went on to teach at Rochelle Township High School for one year. I left for personal reasons (4th child!) and I took a part-time Spanish position teaching at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sycamore, Illinois. I have been teaching Spanish for six years now. Currently, I am teaching part-time at St. Mary’s, and I am also at Northern Illinois University. My goal is to continue studying literature at the PhD level.

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