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San Francisco State University BA Spanish
San Francisco State University - MA Spanish Language and Literature
Universidad Nacional Autanoma de Mexico, Mexico City
University of Madrid, Spain
Centro de Estudios Hispanicos, Bryn Mawr, Madrid, Spain
Middlebury College, Vermont, Italian School
Università per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy
Language Development Specialist Certificate
 

Academic Experience: 

Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Instructor in Italian and Spanish (1992-present)
Tomales High School, Tomales, CA - Instructor in Italian and Spanish, Department Chairperson
(1982-2007)
St. Vincent's High School, Petaluma, CA - Instructor in Spanish and English (1980-1982)

 

Presentations and Publications: 

Presentations:
2001 - California Language Teachers Conference - 2 presentations:
a) "Under Umbrian Skies, A Teacher's Study and Travelogue"; focus on study in Perugia and curriculum development
b) "A Tavola Non Si Invecchia Mai, An Introduction to the National Standards for Learning Italian", with Alice Bartholomew, 3-hour workshop on standards and Italian curriculum
2001 - Presentation for Italian instructors at the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco on "Attivitin coppie e gruppi", paired and group activities for the Italian classroom
1999 - Presentation for Italian instructors at the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco on "National Standards for Foreign Language Learning", with Alice Bartholomew, focus on activities related to the National Standards

Publications:
* AATI Newsletter, Fall 1999 "The Realization of a dream: Exchange between Tomales, CA and Sciacca, Sicily"
* "Using Expert Teacher Knowledge to Develop Curriculum for Native Spanish-Speaking Secondary Students", collaborative chapter in Language and Culture in Learning: Teaching Spanish to Native Speakers of Spanish, Merino, Trueba, Trueba, Samaniego, Falmer Press, 1994.

Honors and Awards: 

2006 - Marin County Italian-American Citizen of the Year, co-recipient, awarded by the Cristoforo Colombo Club of Marin
2005 - Knighted by the Italian Republic - Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella di Solidariet
2001 - Marin County Golden Bell Award, for outstanding service to the children of the Shoreline Unified School District
2000 - Borsa di Studio from the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco for study at the Universitaper Stranieri, Perugia
2000 - Grant from the California Language Teachers Association for study in Italy
1999 - Certificate of Recognition from the California Language Teachers Association and the California Foreign Language Project for outstanding performance at the "Internet: Using It to Maximize Language Learning" strand during the Summer Seminar
1995 - Grant from the Marin Community Foundation for teaching a special after-school class in Italian Conversation and Culture for the community
1994 - Adele and Albino Carollo Prize, Italian School, Middlebury College
1989 - Invitational fellow to the Spanish for Success Institute at U.C. Davis
1987-1990 -Shoreline Unified School District Mentor Teacher Award
 

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