I have taught ESL in various settings including adult basic education (ABE), intensive English (ESL) courses at a university-level English language institute, and have also taught ESL here at EMCC.
I teach beginning Spanish (SPA101 and SPA102). As a second language learner of Spanish myself and as a linguist, my approach to Spanish language teaching is very much informed by the knowledge of language as a system with varying structures by which particular linguistic functions are realized. Learning another language is not solely a process of translation of words from one language to another, but wrapping your head around the fact that meaning and intent may be expressed differently in one language versus another. Learning a language is not a passive venture. I encourage students to really engage and apply themselves. This is an opportunity to get a solid foundation in learning Spanish in preparation for further language study at the university level or elsewhere.
Business and Accounting:
I spent a great deal of my professional working experience in managerial accounting and financial/operations reporting within a large multinational organization. My roles varied over the years and have included that of plant accounting manager, finance manager, division general accounting manager, and division operations finance lead.
As a professional in managerial accounting, I became very well acquainted with and have worked through the business and planning cycle of a major, highly complex organization. I have had extensive experience in general ledger accounting and analysis, management of month-end close activities, forecasting activities (including profit planning - next year budget planning and strategic planning - five to ten-year outlook), internal financial statement analysis, cost accounting, capital, and fixed asset tracking, and operations (manufacturing) reporting and analysis.
I look forward to sharing that experience and knowledge with students as they pursue studies in business and accounting.
Courses Previously Taught:
SPA101 Beginning Spanish I
SPA102 Beginning Spanish II
SPA118 Healthcare Spanish
SPH245 Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest
ACC111 Principles of Accounting I
ESL010 English as a Second Language I: Grammar