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Central Connecticut State University, CT, USA  •  ccsu.edu
•    Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership, 2009 - 2013
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State of CT Alternate Route to Certification, CT, USA
•    CT Teacher State Certification: Spanish & French K-12, 1999
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State of Connecticut Insurance Department, CT, USA
•    State of Connecticut Life Insurance License    2013 - present    Website
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International Congress & Seminars - Aruba
•    Social & Cultural Diversity in Education, Summer 1995
•    Congressional (Simultaneous) Interpreter -
English, Dutch, Spanish
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The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA  •  ufl.edu
•    Graduate Studies in Speech-Communication Sciences & Disorders
•    Graduate Degree Certificate in Applied Linguistics
•    Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics (TESOL/ESL)
•    BA in Speech-Communication Sciences & Disorders
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Goethe-Institut, Atlanta, GA, USA
•    German Language Certificates:
   ZERTIFIKAT - Deutsch als Fremdsprache, 1988
   ZEUGNIS - Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung, 1990
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Achievements, Certificates & Awards
•    Invited to Present Conference Paper/Talk in Fukuoka, Japan, 2019
 Topic:
A Portrait of America’s Language Learning/Teaching, Today & Beyond
•    The Scribe’s Institute Education & Advocacy Award, February 2017
  
for Community-Based Spanish Language Instruction
•    ACTFL (national) Service Award 2015    photo of service award
•    Fred Astaire Dancesport Championships Awards:
   Quincy, MA - Springs of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
•    Selected by Who's Who Among International Students in   
   American Universities and Colleges
•    Golden Key National Honor Society - Lifetime Membership
•    Sigma-Tau-Sigma Honorary Tutor Society - Lifetime Membership
•    Awarded the
2004 Neighborhood Service Award - Hartford, CT
   [See .pdf documentation with pics & report on page #5]
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HPHS NAF Academy of Nursing & Health Sciences, CT, USA
   [School's Website]   [School District's Website]   [Spanish Ad on Telemundo]
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Spanish & French Educator, Aug. 2008 - present  [student recommendation]
•     Member of the Governance Council, August 2009 - August 2014
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Yearbook Advisor & creator, August 2010 - August 2016
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Faculty Advisor for Safe Space G.S.A. Club, August 2016 - present
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Founder of The 'Kultur Club' - "Singing in Tongues" | "Dancing Diversely," 2018
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The Scribe's Institute, Hartford, CT, USA thescribesinstitute.org
•     Board Member, and Volunteer Spanish language Educator (for elementary /
   middleschool African American who otherwise have no access to language
   education in the inner city. August 2015 - present
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FRERA (Foundation for Research, Education and
Recreation Aruba, Aruba - Dutch Caribbean  •  frerainfo.org
•     Board Member,  Web designer & Webmaster,  Summer 2013 - present
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Education First (EF), CT, USA  •  ef.com
•      English Educator for Int'l Homestay Students, Summers 2011, '12, '13 & '14
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Weaver High School, Hartford, CT, USA
•     Spanish & French Educator, August 2006 - July 2008
•     Organized (
& fund-raised for) World Leadership & Language Immersion
    Service-Learning Trip to Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, Summer 2008
    [see documentary & published report here]
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Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford, CT, USASedgwick
•     Spanish & French Educator, 1999 - 2006
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AETNA Center For Families, Hartford, CT, USA
•     English, ESOL/ESL Community Adult Language Educator, 2002 - 2007
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Central Connecticut Adventist Virtual School, USA
•     Online, face-to-face, middle / high School Spanish Educator, 2003 - 2013
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The Mill Condominium Resort, ARUBA
•     Multilingual Guest Relations & Activities Coordinator and . . .
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Multilingual Translator-Interpreter, January 1994 - June 1996
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Court Of Justice, ARUBA
•     Multilingual Legal Translator & Simultaneous Interpreter, March 1994 - 1996:
    Dutch - Spanish - English - Papiamento - Portuguese
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Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria  •  Sofia University
•     Developer & Teacher of Intensive Conversational English Classes  
•     Studied & Learned
Bulgarian while there
•     Selected as
Best English Language Teacher in the Program - Summer 1991
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The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures:
•     Instructor for 1st-year Spanish Language classes;
•     Free-lance
Translator-Interpreter, Jan. 1989 - Dec. 1993
•     Organized, coordinated & oversaw
Spanish cultural trip to Mexico, 1991
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J.W. Reitz Union Leisure Courses Program
•     Instructor for beginning and advanced conversational Spanish,
    Dutch & Papiamento; Jan. 1988 - Dec. 1990
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Department of German & Slavic Languages & Literatures:
•     Teacher-in-Training in The Florida-German Communication Model;
    After 6 months: became the trainer of new apprentice teachers;
    January 1988 - December 1990
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University of Utrecht (Instituut voor Inpassing), The Netherlands
•     Teacher Assistant of  Dutch Language & Culture Classes for Imm. Learners
•     Tutor of Immigrant
Dutch Language Students,  Sept. 1986 - April 1987
EDUCATION & ACHIEVEMENTS
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
LOCAL
Foran High School, Milford, CT, USA     
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Guest Presenter on Multiculturalism & Multilingualism - March 2011
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Hello! West Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA
•    Board Member & Community Language / Culture Advocate - Fall 2014 - present
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STATE
CT Council OF Language Teachers (CTCOLT)  •  ctcolt.org
•    Workshops Co-Chair/Coordinator, October 2003 - October 2011
•    Member & Workshops Presenter, October 2003 - Present
   2012 Workshop:   iTeacher: Creating Engaging & Motivating Language-Learning
•    Environments through Free Technologies (see: pages 9 [photo] & 14, session C-23)
•    Awarded "CTCOLT 2011 Best of Conference"  
•    CT World Languages Poetry Contest - Portuguese Judge  - 2005 - 2012

University of Connecticut - Neag School of Education
•    Invited Guest Speaker on Educational Technology - Fall 2013 & Fall 2014
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REGIONAL
North-East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages (NECTFL)  •  
nectfl.org
•    Member & Presenter of "Best of Connecticut" Workshop:
   "The Power of Music, Magic, Technology, Multilingual Celebrities & Advocacy"
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NATIONAL
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages (ACTFL) •
 actfl.org
•    Membership since 2001  |  Membership in Special Interest Groups (S.I.G.):
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Teachers of African American Students  |  (2) Portuguese Lang. & Culture
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Assist. Chair  (Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011) & Chair (Nov.2011 - Nov. 2013) of TAAS S.I.G.
•    Workshops: Co-presenter on CT YoL, Nov. '05 | Presenter Nov. '09 & Nov. '10
•    Contributor in "
Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens
  of social justice
," ACTFL 2014
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Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
•    Guest Speaker (via Adobe-Connect LIVE) in Graduate level Class for Teachers
  Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018  
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INTERNATIONAL
University of Aruba  •  Pedagogical Institute of Aruba (IPA)
•    Workshop Presenter on various educational topics, Summer 2013 & 2014
• iTeacher; Creating Engaging & Motivating Learning Environments with Free EduTech
• Smartphones in the Classroom: Working Smarter, Not Harder!
• Enhanced Teaching & Learning through Free Educational Technologies
• Smarter Ways to Language Fluency!
LEADERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS
MULTILINGUAL SKILLS
•   Native / Near-Native
•   Advanced
           
•   Limited (Novice)
•   Currently Learning
•   Word Processing
•   Databases
•   Spreadsheets
•   Presentational Tools (i.e. Prezi)
•   Content Management Systems
•   Infographics
COMPUTER & WEB 2.0 SKILLS
•   Multimedia
•   Webpage Design
•   Online Course Delivery
•   Online Assessments
•   QR-Codes in Education
•   Curated eMagazines
21st CENTURY SKILLS SET
•   Multicultural & Multi-linguistic Awareness & Sensitivity
•   Incorporate Multicultural Activities in Classes for Equity
•   Teach to Multi-Modalities & Multiple Intelligences
•   Best Practices in Instructional Strategies (
see Teacher Eval.)
•   Resided in Several, and Travelled to
34 countries
•   Personal Motivation & Stress Tolerance
•   Leadership & Organizational Abilities
•   Problem Analysis & Analytical/Creative Thinking
•   Create Environments to
Support Intrinsic Motivation
•   Wide Range of Interests and Competencies
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Facilitate new concepts, ideas, skills and practices creatively
  and effectively, by integrating knowledge from Speech-Language
  Pathology, Applied Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences.
REFERENCES  &  STATEMENTS
PASTIMES,  HOBBIES  &  INTERESTS
•    Language Acquisition/ Learning/ Teaching || Multilingualism & Polyglottery
•    Study of, and participation in various cultures: (Diversity & Multiculturalism)
•    Local, International & Discovery Travel
|| Social events with friends & family
•    Social Justice Education & International Education
•    Educational Technology, Maker Technology & Web 2.0 Tools
•    'Teach by Magic' (Magic Tricks & Illusions for the Classroom)
•    Bible History
|| World Religions (comparative studies)
•    Ancient History
|| Social & Cultural Anthropology
•    Ballroom Dance & Musical Performances  (
see some performances)
•    Creative Writing & Poetry Writing
|| Fusion Cooking & Non-Western Cuisine
•    Stamps & Coins Collection
|| Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Cycling
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MY CURATIONS  &  VIDEOS
  Free Curated eMagazines  
•   Produced Videos  
UPCOMING PROJECTS/EVENTS
  Co-creator of "The Greater Hartford Festival of Languages"
•   Specific dates, locations & event details TBA in early 2019. Stay tuned!
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