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University of Texas at Austin
Doctor of Philosophy in Foreign Language Education, August 2005-May 2010
Dissertation: Using the Dictogloss in the High School Classroom: Noticing and Learning New Grammar
Supervisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna Abrams
GPA: 3.98 on 4.0 scale

Masters of Spanish Linguistics, August 2002-May 2005

Specialization: Second Language Acquisition
Masters Report: The Effects of Focus on Form of intermediate learners of Spanish:
A Study of Noun/Adjective Agreement
Supervisor: Dr. Dale Koike
GPA: 4.0 on 4.0 scale

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Bachelor of Science, May 1998, Highest Honors
Major: Spanish, Secondary Education
Minor: Teaching English as a Second/Other Language
Cumulative GPA: 3.83 on 4.00 scale

Texas Educator Certificate
Standard: Secondary Spanish, valid 10/28/06-1/31/12 (6-12)
Wisconsin Educator Certificate
Professional Educator, valid through 6/30/2013
Spanish WI 21 365 (6-12)
English as a Second Language WI 21 395 (6-12)
Minnesota Educator Certificate
In process

Language teaching through lens of social justice/civic engagement
Latinx experience in the United States with focus on human/civil rights
High-leverage teaching practices in the world language classroom
Effective teacher training and mentoring
Guided Inductive Learning


Conference Presentations
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), November 2017
K-16 Language and Heritage Students Partner for Social Justice and Equity

ACTFL, November 2017

Mentor Successful Educators Through Meaningful, Hands-On Teacher Training
ACTFL, November 2016
From Critical Thinking to Meaningful Writing
McGraw Hill Higher Education Professional Development Webinar Series, October 2016
Demystify Grammar and Engage Students Through Noticing and Co-constructing

MN State Fall Academic and Student Affairs Leadership Conference, October 2016
Global Studies and World Languages Civic Engagement and Leadership Forum: Integrating Academic and
Student Life
Invited Professional Development, Professional Development Seminar Series, Winona State University,
March 2016
English Language Strategies for Secondary Learners and EL Strategies for Elementary Learners
ACTFL, November 2015
Authentic communication in the Target Language? Yes They Can!
Invited Professional Development Session Co-presenter, Winona Middle School, August 2015
Culturally Responsive Teaching
ACFTL, November 2014
-Demystify Grammar and Engage Students Through Noticing and Co-constructing
-Clinicals and Student Teaching: The Voice of the University Student
-Classroom Management and Design Strategies That Promote Active Learning
Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures, October 2014
-Excellent Classroom Management: The First Step Towards Language Proficiency
-Clinicals and Student Teaching: The Voice of the University Student
-Examining Diversity in Schools: Promoting Dignity and Excellence
Invited lecture Mary O'Graham Normal School, La Plata, Argentina, June 2014
Capacitacin de maestros en los Estados Unidos y Experiencias en las escuelas norteamerianas
(American Teacher Training and American School Experiences)
ACTFL, November 2013
Excellent Classroom Management: The First Step Towards Language Proficiency
Texas Foreign Language Association, October 2012
Be a Mentor, Change the World
Texas Foreign Language Education Conference, Spring 2010
Using the Dictogloss in the High School Classroom: Noticing and Learning New Grammar
Journal Articles
In preparation: Civic Engagement Through an Emerging Social Justice Education Model (to submit to Equity
and Excellence in Education, January 2017)
In preparation: It was alright and kinda funny. (I aint used to learning like that.) (to submit to Foreign
Language Annals, spring 2017

Textbook Consulting Work
McGraw Hill Higher Education Contextos, Summer/Fall 2016
McGraw Hill Higher Education Conctate, Summer/Fall 2016
Kendall Hunt/University of Texas Acercndome, Fall 2008

Workshop Attendance
ACTFL 2016: Lead with Languages: Integrating Leadership in Your Teaching
ACTFL 2015: Building 21st Century Skills: Tapping Technology
Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice
ACTFL 2014: Enhancing Instruction with Integrated Performance Assessment
ACTFL 2013: Writing the ACTFL/CAEP Program Report: Strengthening World Language Teacher Preparation
Programs Through the ACTFL/CAEP Standards
Building 21st Century Postsecondary Departments
Additional attendance at Texas Foreign Language Association, ACTFL, Wisconsin Association for Language
Teachers sessions


Assistant Professor of Spanish Winona State University, August 2012-current
World Language Education Program (WLED)

Head the Spanish Teaching program housed in College of Liberal Arts

Created and Deliver World Language Teaching Methods course that supports World-Readiness
Standards for Learning Languages and ed TPA preparation
Developed and incorporated 30 hour hands-on clinical experience as part of WLED methods course
Integrate educational technology to allow students to innovate, create and develop professional
Design and implement assessments/experiences to prepare student for edTPA
Observe and mentor WLED teacher candidates in clinical experiences and student teaching
Place teachers candidates with cooperating teachers and collaborate with K-12 language educators
Advise all teacher candidates who have major/minor combinations in Spanish and Education
Support student research and conference presentations
Created portfolio evaluation system for WLED methods students
Attend and present at state and national language teaching conferences
Collect and present data for Program Effectiveness Reports for Continuing Approval for Minnesota
Board of Teaching
Re-designed Spanish Teaching Program based on language proficiency and certification test data

Latinx Experience in the United States
Wrote curriculum and developed Latinx Experience in US writing intensive course taught in Spanish
Designed and presented units and lessons about Latinx history, experiences and identity in the US
through lenses of social justice, civic engagement and non-violence
Founded and organize Annual Latinx Civic Engagement Forum for WSU and High School students
Collaborate with Student Affairs, Office of Inclusion and Diversity and Knowledge, Empowerment,
Advocacy and Pluralism (KEAP) Center to deliver powerful programming at Latinx Civic Engagement
Coordinate with area principals, AVID Coordinators and secondary teachers to design Civic Engagement
Assist WSU students in developing leadership skills
Created public blogging project
Utilize World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and ACFTL Performance descriptors to help
students develop intermediate-advanced Spanish writing skills
Instructed effective writing techniques for narrative, description, expository essays, argumentative
compositions and research papers
Emphasized importance of writing process including pre-writing, peer editing and self-reflection
Demonstrated research techniques

Spanish 102, 201 and 202
Utilize project based assessment and performance assessment in language classes
Plan units and lessons with backwards design
Incorporate authentic texts and videos
Develop critical thinking skills through use of guided inductive learning and teaching through the lens of
social justice
Require civic and community engagement as part of course assessment
Implementing standards based grading spring 2017

Clinical Assistant Professor University of Texas at Austin, August 2011- June 2012

Taught student teaching seminar course for all Languages Other Than English (LOTE) student teachers
Mentored and supported LOTE student teachers and interns regarding teaching strategies, classroom
management, best LOTE practices and teaching strategies
Provided opportunities for student teachers to experience and develop lesson plans, assessments and
unit plans
Instructed student teachers in the use backwards design model of unit planning
Prepared student teachers to be successful in the job market
Coordinated all placements for LOTE student teachers and interns in the UTeach Liberal Arts program
Observed and evaluated student teachers
Maintained communication with area LOTE teachers who are involved with UTeach
Recruited area LOTE teachers and Liberal Arts language students to be a part of the program
Trained course facilitator responsible for student teacher observations
Taught two sections of Spanish Advanced Grammar and Composition II
Implemented El sueo americano: mito o realidad? (The American Dream: Myth or Reality?)
curriculum developed as a lecturer
Instructed effective writing techniques for narrative, descriptions, types of expository essays,
argumentative compositions and research papers
Emphasized importance of writing process including pre-writing, peer editing and self-reflection
Demonstrated research techniques
Integrated technology such as websites, PowerPoint and video
Incorporated grammar instruction based on student need

Lecturer University of Texas at Austin, August 2010- May 2011

Taught Spanish Advanced Grammar and Composition I

Co-author of new textbook and curriculum project
Taught grammar concepts through guided inductive learning
Created exams and assessments
Supplemented curriculum with introductory linguistic concepts and foreign language teaching
Incorporated video related to thematic units
Provided instruction in the writing process and various types of compositions
Taught Spanish Advanced Grammar and Composition II
Instructed one section of Heritage/Bilingual learners and one section of traditional Spanish language
Developed new course curriculum based on El sueo americano: mito o realidad? (The American
dream: myth or reality?)
Designed lessons and activities to assist heritage learners in developing academic language and writing
skills and analyze their own academic language development
Integrated grammar instruction based on student need

Assistant Instructor University of Texas at Austin, August 2008- May 2010

Taught third semester Spanish

Developed innovative lesson plans and materials
Piloted new textbook and curriculum
Assisted editing textbook, exams and activities
Mentored other Assistant Instructors
Created supplemental activities for the new curriculum
Assisted in restructuring exams

Foreign Language Department Chair/Spanish Teacher Hutto High School, August 2006-June 2008
Reorganized and rebuilt Spanish curriculum
Implemented numerous new department policies and procedures
Received a technology grant to implement Digital Storytelling
Co-developed Spanish IV, Spanish II Enhanced and Spanish for Native Speakers courses
Interviewed and made hiring recommendations for all new teacher candidates in 2007
Lead a student trip to Mexico with 34 participants
Coordinated with Middle School Administration to start 7th and 8th grade Spanish programs
Wrote, proctored and graded all Credit By Exam tests for all Spanish levels
Mentored new teachers
Supervised a student teacher
Attended ACTFL conference, Fall 2007

Spanish Teacher O. Henry Middle School, Austin ISD, August 2003-May 2004
Taught 8th grade Spanish IB
Collaborated with colleagues in order to maintain program consistency
Fostered strong student/teacher relationships

Spanish Teacher Pulaski High School, Pulaski, WI, August 1998-August 2002
Planned and implemented Spanish curriculum (levels I, II, and III)
Engaged students in innovative and active learning activities
Co-authored curriculum based on state and national standards and benchmarks, 1998-2000
Advisor to Junior Class, 1998-2002
Served as member of School Improvement Team, 1998-2000
Assisted with Spanish Club

Summer School Teacher Brown County Summer School Consortium, Summer 2001
Proposed and established new course
Provided instruction for Spanish students levels I-V
Motivated students to learn Spanish through projects, contemporary readings, group and individual

Winona State University Foundation Grant, 2016-2017
Latinx Civic Engagement Forum $3000.00
Winona State University Innovation Funds, 2016-2017
Latinx Civic Engagement Forum $3000.00
Winona State University Innovation Funds, 2015-2016
Latinx Civic Engagement Forum $3500.00
Winona State University Student Travel Grant
Travel for Teacher Candidates to Present at ACTFL $1000.00
Winona State University Innovations Funds and GSWL Funds
Travel for Teacher Candidates to Present at ACTFL $2500.00
Awarded Professional Improvement Funds 2012-2016
Conference Presentations at ACTFL $8000.00
Hutto Independent School District Technology Grant, 2006-2007
Digital Storytelling for Native/Heritage Speakers of Spanish $5000.000

Proposed and designed Bilingual and Bicultural Education (BBED) program for WSU
Authored BBED Request for Initial Program approval for MN State Board of Teaching
Teach 21 Advisory Board member
Past Chair of Teacher Education Assembly (TEA), 2013-2015
Represented TEA on College of Education Deans Leadership Council and College of Education
Assessment Center 2013-2015
Advise approximately 50 undergraduate students
Write all reports necessary for continued MN state approval of Spanish Teaching program
Faculty advisor for Latino American Student Organization
Conduct professional development for Spanish faculty as regarding Vista Higher Learning Central
Taught Spanish for Grandparents University summer camp, June 2016
Organized Academic Planning process for Spanish program
Researched and made recommendations to Vice President of International Programs regarding study
away expansion
Traveled to Argentina summer 2014 to create student teacher exchange program
Contributed to Spanish Immersion program development Winona Area Public Schools
Oversaw undergraduate research project: Use of Preventative Care and Acculturation of Latinos in the
United States Healthcare System
Search Committee work

Sigma Delta Pi Spanish National Honor Society
Golden Key National Honor Society
Nominated for Golden Apple Teaching Award

Active member Winona, MN
Host 1-2 Rotary Exchange students annually
Attend school events for Winona Area Public Schools
Parent volunteer and participant at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Valencia Center
Organize and supervise after school Spanish Club programs at Jefferson and Madison Elementary
Dorm Parent for Cotter Catholic Schools International Students
Team manager for Winona Area Youth Soccer league U12 boys and U14 girls

University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico
January-May 1996
Intensive study of the Spanish language
Researched emigration of Mexicans to the United States
Member of the UDLA swim team

First Language: English
Second Language: Spanish
Basic Knowledge: Portuguese
Professional travel to Argentina, June 2014
Professional travel to Spain, July 2013
Organized and chaperoned student trip to Mexico, Summer 2008
Traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Italy
Spent three weeks traveling throughout Ecuador Summer 2005
Toured Western/Eastern Europe, Summer 2001, Summer 2002