Her alma mater is Monticello High School in Monticello, Iowa. Señora then moved across the state to Sioux City where she earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish, education, and art, with a teaching certificate at Briar Cliff University. Señora had the opportunity to study and live in Mexico for a summer and was a tutor for local high school students during the school year. BCU also afforded her the opportunity to teach Spanish to elementary students as an enrichment time during the school day. With about 12 years of experience in teaching high school students Señora earned a masters degree in Spanish with an emphasis in teaching at the University of Northern Iowa through the UNISSIST program. While studying there, she also had the opportunity to travel for the first time to Spain and live with a couple different host families. Her research project, titled "Computer-Mediated Communication", in which students used a chat program to evaluate and improve their communication skills. Technology has really evolved in the classroom since that research back in 2004! The extensive use of technology in her classroom caught the attention of local educators and families
Señora is a strong advocate for world language instruction and has been commended for her work in bringing comprehensible input resources to the midwest. In the summer of 2016 she co-created the Comprehensible Iowa (CIIA) Conference at Nevada High School. From that grew a larger, fall conference that she co-created: Comprehensible Midwest, featuring state, national, international presenters, authors, and keynote by Dr. Stephen Krashen, the leading researcher in language acquisition.
Señora has had many opportunities to travel and interact with native Spanish speakers over the years. Her first experiences were in Mexico, making five return trips with students. She also spent time traveling through Andes
mountains in South America one summer and later five summers traveling with students throughout Spain. She has also hosted seven exchange students in her family, gaining numerous resources and connections for the classroom as well as served as regional hosting coordinator for various US hosting experiences. She recently returned to Spain to visit a couple of these students.
In her free time, Señora likes traveling around the country and around the world, hanging out with her family watching movies, playing games, camping, and going to her four children's sporting events. Señora is also an avid athlete who has completed three marathons, two sprint triathlons, and numerous shorter distance events.
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