Assistant Professor of Spanish
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
In Their Own Words
Little did I know it, but the doorway to my Spanish experience at Eckerd opened the moment I signed up for my first Autumn Term course - during summer, before stepping foot on campus for four transformational years. I took Professor Angulo-Cano’s course on Latin American novels and films, during which the conversation on gender, politics, race, and culture throughout Latin America began. I soon enrolled in a beginner Spanish course and continued to pursue a minor in the language. Spanish I and II gave way to Intermediate Spanish, Written Expression, and a 3-week immersion course in Argentina during Winter Term. I had taken six years of Latin in high school and a year of German, but Eckerd College has entirely shaped my experience with Spanish language and culture.
Today, I am serving a year with FoodCorps back home in southern New Jersey. FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids with real food and helps them grow up healthy. Meals are essential places for people to connect - with the earth, with themselves, and with each other. With FoodCorps, I work with students from elementary through high school in edible schoolyard gardens, cooking and nutrition classes, and farm to table efforts in the school lunch program. At one of my elementary schools, the Spanish teacher invited me to co-teach a few cooking classes. As we scramble eggs with nopales (cactus paddles) and pat out pupusas (masa corn tortillas with cheese), the 4th graders at Mannington Township Elementary are learning new vocabulary and culture from Spain to El Salvador and Argentina.
It has been my absolute joy to study Spanish at Eckerd. What began as a pure curiosity has helped me in ways I couldn’t imagine after college. Language, as it turns out, joins food as an invaluable connection across cultures, within your home town and beyond.