Virginia Arreola


Full Name

Virginia Arreola

Professional Title

Coordinator/Lecturer of Spanish

Professional Role

Coordinator of Spanish

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What Level Do You Teach?

Intermediate & Advanced Spanish

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How Has Spanish Played a Role in Your Personal and Professional Life?

I grew up speaking Spanish. I was drawn to Latin American literature to the point that I decided to get a PhD in Spanish.

How Long Have You Been Teaching?

15 years

More About Me

I was raised bilingual in a Mexican home in New Jersey in a
town that was predominantly Puerto Rican. I’ve lived in the East Coast, Texas, the Midwest, and now California, in rural and urban settings (from Hiram, Ohio population 1400 to Houston, Texas population 2+ million), from predominantly Latinx, to white, to highly diverse spaces. I benefited from federal programs, such as Head Start and Upward Bound, which I credit to positioning on a path in higher education. I received a bachelor’s degree from an urban, Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse and nontraditional student body. I have eight years of teaching
experience in a large university with a traditional, predominantly white student population and I have taught at a small liberal arts college in Upstate New York. more recently, I taught adult learners ESL and computer applications. For the first time I will be teaching Spanish courses for Heritage Speakers of Spanish.

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