Some of these students have already graduated, others are about to graduate, others need a little longer. To all of them, our presentation revisited, with love. Best of luck, guys!
Blending ESL and the Visual Arts Through Voice Thread. TESOL 2016. April 5-8, 2016. Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Fired Up! Creativity Seminar. Buenos Aires, Argentina. March 12, 2016: A four-hour seminar for teachers of English. Topics include: Brain-Based Learning, The Arts in Education, Educational Technology, and Drama Techniques. The Buenos Aires Creative English Institute.
Visual Literacy for the Language Learner. The 2015 VATESOL Conference in Newport News, VA. October 10, 2015.
Grammar in the Communicative Classroom: a Friend or a Foe? FLAVA (Foreign Language A. of VA). Williamsburg, VA. September 24-26, 2015.
The Flipped Classroom Approach. GWATFL (Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages). Washington D. C. November 8, 2014.
Drama Techniques in Language Learning. FLAVA Foreign Language Association of Virginia. Williamsburg, VA. September. 25-27, 2014.
The Educational Value of Drama Techniques in Language Learning. 7th Annual Polyglot Performances. George Mason University. April 8, 2014.
Facing our Fear of Writing. NECTFL, Boston, MA. March 28-30, 2014.
Identity, Empowerment & Technology: Spanish for Heritage Learners. 2013 ACTFL (AMERICAN COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES) Convention and World Language Expo. Nov. 22-24, 2013. Orlando, FL.
Voces conversas de un viaje en el Cinquecento: La Lozana Andaluza de Francisco Delicado (1528). SOUTH ATLANTIC MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION. November 9-11, 2012 Research Triangle, North Carolina, where I also acted as the panel secretary.
Connections though Writing: Writing Workshops in the Classroom and Beyond. NECTFL (North East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Baltimore, MD. April 20-23, 2012.
La Lozana andaluza (1528): Innovación lingüística, cultural y literaria en la obra cumbre de Francisco Delicado. SOUTH ATLANTIC MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION. Atlanta, GA. Nov. 4-6, 2011.
La Lozana andaluza (F. Delicado, 1528): Itinerario y transformación en una obra precursora de la novela moderna”. 17th Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures. Chapel Hill, NC. March 24-26, 2011.
Promoting Cultural Awareness, Creativity and the Use of Technology in the Language Class. The SHARE Convention for Language Learning. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 29-30 July, 2010.
Global Learning. NECTFL (North East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). New York, New York, April 2009 and March 2010.
Global Learning: Blogs, Wikis, Skype & Voicethread in Class. MFLA (Maryland Foreign Language Association): Arnold, MD. October, 2009.
Learners as Creators of the Global Language Community (a three hour workshop). NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). NYC. April, 2009.
Web Toolbox for Creativity in Class. FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia). Richmond, VA. October, 2008
Creating through Multiple Intelligences and Technology. VCCS (Virginia Community College Systems) New Horizons 2008 Conference. Roanoke, VA. April, 2008.
Creativity and Technology Applications for the Language Class. GWATFL (Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages). Washington D. C. March, 2008.
Multiple Intelligences in the Language Class. Northern Virginia Community College, Power Up your Pedagogy Conference. Annandale, VA. January, 2008.
A Multiple Intelligences Approach to Language Teaching and Learning. Fairfax County Public Schools Countywide Foreign Language In-service. Lorton, VA, September, 2006.
Creative Thinking in the Language Class. IATEFL -International Association of Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. Recife, Brazil. October 1999.
The Art of Language Teaching. IATEFL. Santiago, Chile. May, 1998.
Born in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina, I’m a city girl through and through. I’m also completely obsessed with education, personal development, and traveling. In 1988, I graduated as a teacher of English at the Profesorado Superior Joaquín V. González. A few years after my graduation, I specialized in Pedagogy and Foreign-Language Methodology under the guidance and supervision of Prof. Ana María Armendáriz. In that field, my emphasis has always been on teacher development through reflective practices, life-long learning and collaboration with colleagues across disciplines and geographical locations. I served as a Methodology Teaching Assistant at Joaquín V. González (1991-1997) and a Methodology lecturer at the Profesorado del Sagrado Corazón (1999-2002) in Buenos Aires. During all those years (1991-2001), I presented at several Language Teaching Conferences in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, and I led teacher workshops at my own studio, the Creative Learning Center in Buenos Aires.
In 2002, I made a decision that would change my life completely since it took me all the way to the United States, where I became a Spanish teacher at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. I then completed my M.A. in Foreign Languages at George Mason University, followed by a Ph.D. in Early-Modern Spanish Literature at the Catholic University of America.
After teaching Spanish full-time at George Mason University for five years (2011-2016), I am now dedicated to the English language education of ESL students at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. I am also a free-lance Educational Consultant specialized in topics such as Mindfulness, Creativity and Brain-based Education.
This path and the wise counsel of a good friend has led me to become a Toastmaster at Burke Toastmasters, where I serve as the 2017-2018 Vice-President of Education. In that leading role, I make sure our meetings run smoothly by organizing a team of speakers and officers every two weeks. Together, we hone our skills to “listen, think critically, plan, manage time, facilitate, motivate, and mentor” (TM Competent Leadership Manual).
On a more personal note: City girl meets country boy… and here we are, somewhere in-between with Abby, our beautiful yellow Lab, who changed our lives forever in April of 2014.