Meet your Spanish Instructor
Office: Gruening 606C
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
2:00-3:00 pm by zoom
- M.A. Applied Linguistics, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2012)
- B.A. Foreign Languages, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010)
- B.A. History, California State University, Fresno (1992)
“By teaching, we learn.” In my 20+ years of teaching in Alaska, these words are not only true in meaning, but a great exercise in linguistic / grammatical analysis...Since Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world and derived directly from the vulgar Latin, DOCENDO, looks a lot like a gerund noun or progressive verb form (-ENDO ...or -iendo / -yendo) and DISCIMUS has the ring of a verb with the first person, plural ending (-MUS...or -mos in Spanish...denoting “we”). Even though this nerd speak is boring to most of you, I thrive on it and absolutely love learning new things in all languages!
As you can see above, language learning is high on my list of interests. But I am not defined by my career choice. I absolutely love the Great Land and the University of Alaska Fairbanks! In my 27 or so years living here, I have learned how to nordic ski, cook a whole pig on a barbecue in freezing temperatures, build a log cabin, brew beer, fix the small engines I have broken, hang/mud/tape/sand drywall, and figure out how to best deliver my classes to our students. My latest endeavor is creating and refining our online offerings in Spanish. I do not agree with the masses who believe you cannot learn a second language in an online environment.
Finally, in my “spare time,” I tutor and teach courses in English as a second language
through the local Literacy Council, am a board member of Enlaces (a statewide latino advocacy group), a certified official for biathlon, a master ski
waxer, coordinator of UAF’s collaborative effort with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)- rincón cultural, a member of a UA-wide scholarship committee, a faculty adviser,
and always happy to help others.