Team

Team

Dr. Jocelly Guie Meiners Dr. Jocelly Guie Meiners is a native of San José, Costa Rica. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a BA in French and Astronomy, an MA in French Linguistics, and a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and specializes in teaching courses for Heritage Spanish learners. Her research interests include pragmatics and emotion in second language acquisition, heritage Spanish learners and pedagogy, as well as linguistic attitudes and language maintenance regarding Spanish in the US. Jocelly currently serves as co-director for the Texas Coalition for Heritage Spanish (TeCHS).
Flavia Belpoliti Dr. Flavia Belpoliti (PhD. University of Houston) is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Literatures and Cultures in Texas A&M Commerce and Co-Directoor of the Heritage Spanish Project. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in the areas of Spanish Linguistics and Discourse Analysis.Her field of study includes Spanish Sociolinguistics, Spanish in the US, and acquisition of Spanish as Second Language and as Heritage Language. She is the recipient of the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award (Teaching Fellow category) in the Hispanic Studies Department at the University of Houston, and the University of Houston’s 2012 Teaching Excellence Award (Group category).
Photo of Drew Colcher Drew Colcher is from Wichita, Kansas. He is currently completing his PhD in Iberian and Latin American Linguistics at UT Austin. His research focuses on language ideologies and language acquisition, and has appeared in Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics and a Routledge sociolinguistics handbook. As a moderator for the Heritage Spanish community, Drew will be adding useful resources and information to the website, and facilitating events, conversations, and the sharing of OER materials. If you have any feedback or questions, or if you have any resources you would like to share with the Heritage Spanish community, please contact him and he will be happy to help you.
Dr. Carl Blyth is the Director of the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) and Associate Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French and Italian. He has held several administrative positions prior to COERLL: Coordinator of Lower Division French (1993-2002), Acting Director of Technology, Literacy and Culture (2001-2002), and Director/Asst Director of the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. He has worked with colleagues on an online reference grammar of French (Tex’s French Grammar), and a multimedia-based first year French program (Français interactif).
Nathalie Steinfeld Childre is the Publications Manager/ Web Developer for COERLL. Previously to moving to Austin, Nathalie studied art history at the University of Zürich and completed an art program at the local art academy. She then graduated with degrees in art history and computer science. She has a passion for art, languages, and cultural studies and creates tailored websites and tools that enhance the student’s online experience with foreign languages and culture.
Sarah Sweeney Sarah Sweeney is the Project Coordinator for COERLL. She holds degrees in French and Global Communications. She enjoys learning and teaching languages and has worked on marketing, communications, education, and online projects in various fields.

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The Heritage Spanish website and community is supported by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL). COERLL is lead by its director Carl Blyth, with specific support provided by its project manager Sarah Sweeney and its web developer Nathalie Steinfeld Childre.

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