I like to adapt to each student needs and learning style. First time we meet I try to get to know the student as much as possible. Some students need help with their current class and others want to learn the language for professional reasons or personal interest. I like to include the grammar concepts within the contest instead of intensive drilling.
I have taught all levels of Spanish from k-12; Spanish 1,2 and 3 at University of Mo, Columbia. Experience writing and teaching online Spanish courses. You could see the reviews some students had written on my dashboard Superprof Columbia. MO
-Doctor in Veterinary Medicine-
Veterinary College, Montevideo, Uruguay,
-Master of Science (Medicine and Surgery)
University of Missouri, Columbia, 1988
- Certification in Spanish. (K-12)
Central State University, Warrensburg MO, 1993
- National Teaching Certification
World Language Other Than English/Spanish (WLOE)
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 2002
1-1 Spanish Instructor at the Romance Language Department.
University of Missouri, Columbia, (1984-1993).
1-2. Spanish Instructor School of Agriculture. A)Special course designed for Student exchange program between MU and Costa Rica. (EARTH program).
B) Designed and taught a course for students of Hotel and Restaurant Management. MU. 1994-98
1-3 Spanish teacher.
West Junior High, Columbia Public Schools, MO (1993-2007 ,Retired)
1-4- Long distance Instructor – School of Agriculture. Winter semester, 2008-
1-5 – 2010-2016- MU online Spanish Instructor. Developed Spanish level 3 and Instructor for Spanish 2 and 3.
1-6- 2012-2017. Fulltime Spanish teacher at Columbia Independent School . Taught Spanish levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and AP.
1-7 From 2010 up to date. Private Spanish tutor for ages K-12. Member of Superprof, Coumbia Mo
1-8- Interpreter for medical services. 2017- up to date.
Honors & Activities.
- United Nations Scholarship. (1988)
I was sent for Post Graduate studies in United States. Veterinary
- Department Chair of Foreign Language Department
West Junior High- Columbia Public schools, Columbia, MO.
- Spanish Student teachers’ mentor.
School of Education, University of Missouri, Columbia.
- Vice-President of FLAM, Chapter Quincentenario-.
Columbia, Missouri, 2000-2002.
- Co-Founder of Adelante, bilingual newspaper.
School of Journalism, University of Missouri,Columbia (2000)
- President of the Board of the Community Journalism and Education Foundation. Columbia, Missouri. (2003)
- Member of the advisory committee of Adelante. Translator and
Community volunteer. (2000-2003)
- Member of the Board of ALTRUSA. (Professional women
Organization that serves the community). Volunteer. (1999-2003)
- Special Merit Award – (“For devoting your time and energy to help other colleagues to communicate with our Spanish speaking students, parents and visitors”) Columbia Public Schools. 2002.
- Facilitator Training- Mini-Society program, developed by Marilyn
Kourilsky), this program is directed to help possible dropout students.
- Mentor for Teachers seeking National Certification.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. (2003)
- Presenter at the FLAM Regional Conference
Columbia, Missouri, Nov 3, 2001
- Presenter at the Central State Conference.
Kansas City, Missouri. March 23rd 2002
- Presenter at the “De colores 2003 Conference”
Issues of importance about the Latino community, immigration, education, health, etc). Kansas Coty, MO. (March 12-14 2003).
- Board Member of Children’s Grove for the Educational Committee organization in Columbia Missouri. This organization was created to promote a culture of Kindness in Boone County and promote the mental and well-being of children, youth and young adults. (2017-up to date)
1- Estrogenic syndrome in pigs associated to the ingestion of contaminated grains. Gaceta Veterinaria, Uruguay,1981.
2- Clinical cases. Bolsa del libro, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1973
3- Treatment with testosterone in castrated rams for heat detection. Jornadas técnicas de la Facultad de Veterinaria de Montevideo. Uruguay, 1983
4- Heat synchronization in sheep with prostaglandin analogs. Doses and administration via effect. Montevideo, Uruguay, 1983
5- Sid or blind method of I.A. in sheep. Jornadas técnicas de la Facultad de Veterinaria. Montevideo, Uruguay.
6- Enzymeimmunoassay detection of progesterone. Thesis. Columbia, Missouri. 1988.
7- Use of an Immediate qualitative progesterone assay for determination of day of ovulation in an Equine embryo transfer program. Theriogenology, May 1988, vol.29.
8- Characterization of the caprine estrous cycle using Enzyme immunoassay for the determination of whole blood progesterone concentration. Theriogenology, May 1988, vol. 29
9- Determination of ovulation time in bitches based on teasing, vaginal cytology and Elisa for progesterone. Theriogenology. March 1991.vol.35 (3)
10- Foreign Language Framework for Curriculum Development in Alignment with Missouri’s Framework. DESE, May 2001.
1. Dr. Juanamaria Cordones-Cook. Professor of Spanish Deparment of Romances and Literatures University of Missouri, Columbia. (concealed information) Phone: 445 6695.
2. Diane Bruckerhoff, Ed.S- phone: (concealed information) (concealed information)
3. Janet Russell- French Teacher – Columbia Public Schools. (concealed information) Phone: (concealed information)
Master teacher, trusted colleague, global citizen….these are some of the outstanding qualities of Nancy. I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for Nancy, having known her as a teacher at West Junior and for the last five years at Columbia Independent School, four of which I was her Upper School Director. Nancy teaches both Middle and Upper School Spanish, from Spanish I through AP and Advanced Spanish Seminar. Our graduates, in their commencement speeches, always recognize her, not only for her ability to help them speak fluent Spanish, but also because of her empathy, humor, and motherly ways. She is beloved by all!
Nancy is the teacher who has her students come to her home to eat breakfast, so they can practice Spanish in social settings. She also invited the senior class of 12 to her home for dinner, providing each with a personalized letter about their growth, not only in the Spanish language, but also in character. She provides engaging lessons that maximize student interest and the use of language, as well as holding each student to high expectations and accountability. She often integrates her lessons with our Innovation Center, as well as with English, Science, and Performing Arts.
But what sets Nancy apart, besides her exemplary teaching, is her passion about learning and finding new ways to get all students involved… in our school, the local community and in global cultures and service. Here are just a few examples: During our intersession week on Survival, she had students come to Centro Latino to learn how its community center is meeting the needs of both Latino students and others in ‘”at risk” neighborhoods. She planned a trip to Paris and Barcelona this year for students and interested parents to learn more about global cultures. She is a world traveler, visiting Cuba in January to assist with the filming of a documentary about the Cuban people, its culture and its tumultuous history. She is the coordinator of our Rotary International’s Interact Club, which has provided community service to local agencies. She took our seniors to the Central Missouri Food Bank so they could give back to the community as part of their senior week activities. She organized a trip with our eighth graders to Arkansas and the Heifer International project, where students stayed in simulated poverty, learning how to promote sustainable solutions to global hunger and poverty. She was instrumental in having one of our students selected by the National Youth Ambassadors program of America to visit Colombia last summer. And lastly, she has spearheaded the Children’s Grove organization at our school, helping to promote kindness and mental health.
Nancy is a great role model for both students and teachers, not only for her belief in ongoing professional growth, but also for her approach to creative problem solving, engaging instruction, and supportive relationships. She also is a great team player, leading a teacher committee this spring that worked with students to build an interactive wall and light display on the solar system in preparation for the upcoming Solar Eclipse.
But I think Nancy’s most important qualities are the relationships she has built with students, parents, and colleagues. She is a positive faculty collaborator and a willing mentor to new teachers, as well as being a trusted colleague and friend who continues to enrich our learning culture.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with Nancy and know she will be an asset to any instructional program or global endeavors.
Nancy is an amazing teacher who cares deeply about the success of her students. Her passion for Spanish enables her to be an amazing teacher and tutor. She is high energy, morally sound and an incredible instructor.
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