Sandra Kingery, Spanish

What could be better than to spend one’s days talking with students about stories written by great Spanish and Latin American authors such as Rosa Montero, Marco Denevi or Miguel Delibes? Or analyzing particular cultural manifestations such as murals by Diego Rivera, the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, or a classic Spanish film such as ¡Bienvenido, Mister Marshall!? We’ve addressed all these authors and topics in my classes this semester.

Teaching Spanish gives me the opportunity to think about and discuss literature, culture, current events, history, politics and art, and I learn something new from and with my students every day. It is very fulfilling to be at a school where I see students, who I often meet as nervous freshman in Spanish 221, grow and learn over the course of four years at the College.

One of the most obvious changes is when students return from a study abroad program—not only are their language skills greatly improved, of course, but the students themselves have also acquired a new confidence and maturity. It is humbling to think about the impact that four years of intensive study at Lycoming can have on a student’s life.

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