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Spanish Major

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Meet the Faculty

Sandra Salguero-Schmidt

Dr. Sandra Salguero-Schmidt

Language, Literature, and Culture Department Chair and Professor of English
sandra.schmidt@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

The best thing about GC is the incredible community of people with whom I work. We care about each other and support each others' endeavors-whether personal or professional. You never need to fear backbiting or mean spirited attacks. There are difficult challenges working at a small university, but we manage to work through them together. We may not agree with each other, but we respect each others' opinion. What a blessing!

What attracted you to Language, Literature, and Culture?

As a passionate reader from an early age and coming from a family of teachers, the path was clear-to teach English. Through my higher education studies, though, I realized that I loved learning about language and how/why people learn languages. My focus turned from literature to  second language acquisition. My masters  is in English Language and Literature, but my doctorate is in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education. My favorite aspects of SLA include socio-linguistics and cross-cultural studies. I have been teaching English to speakers of other languages for years and have loved every moment of it. Fortunately, I also get to share my passion by training others to teach ESL. The best part is making friends with people from all over the world!

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Elizabeth Ahern

Elizabeth Ahern

Director of Cross Cultural & International Programs and Professor of Business
elizabeth.ahern@greenville.edu

Elizabeth de la Garza-Ahern directs the International Affairs Department, teaches cross-cultural, international and strategic management at Greenville College and serves as consultant on international trade matters - helping businesses to connect the dots in the complex world of international business. She is a CGBP (Certified Global Business Professional). Prior to joining Greenville College in 2008, she worked in international business. Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors for CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign) and the American Red Cross.

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Kathie Filby

Mrs. Kathie Filby

Instructor in Spanish
kathie.filby@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I have worked in Spanish and Mexican schools in Ireland, my homeland. I've also worked as a missionary in Buenos Aires. What I love about my job here is that I can bring these two areas of passion into the classroom: teaching Spanish and sharing my faith. As well as learning about language, literature and culture, we worship God, pray and read scripture in Spanish. This, along with mission trips, is truly faith integration at its best!

What attracted you to the Spanish Department?

I've loved languages for as long as I can remember and have had the opportunity to travel to dozens of countries. As a European I've been surrounded by various nationalities, cultures and languages all my life. I've had the opportunity to study Spanish, Russian, French and Latin. However, I fell in love with the Spanish language and Spanish people while at high school. Not long after I graduated from university I had the opportunity to teach in a Spanish high school in Dublin. There I had the privilege of leading a number of Spanish students to Christ. My time in Argentina intensified that love for the language and for all ‘hispanohablantes'. In Greenville I love to meet with students in ‘tertulias' and ‘tomar un cafecito'.

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Mrs. Rachel Heston-Davis

Adjunct Professor
rachel.davis@greenville.edu

Rachel Heston-Davis is a book-loving, storytelling, English-crazed Greenville native and GC graduate. When she's not teaching, writing, or grading, you can find her at her art desk or spending time with loved ones.

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Ms. Alexandria LaFaye

Associate Professor of Language, Literature and Culture
alexandria.lafaye@greenville.edu
Lesley Sieger-Walls

Lesley Sieger-Walls

Associate Professor of English
lesley.sieger-walls@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

At Greenville College, I've discovered that everyone learns from each other. That's the best thing about a community that aims to bring faith and education together. In the community, good friends let me pull up a seat at their tables where we dine, laugh, and develop close relationships. There is no formula for any of these interactions, but they all empower me to keep learning from everyone who studies, works and lives here.

What attracted you to Language, Literature and Culture, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

In the English literature courses I teach, students have helped me to encounter novels such as Adam Bede and Robinson Crusoe with new eyes as we read about characters that experience personal suffering and question God. Outside my classroom, colleagues embrace my ideas but also challenge me to keep revising and rethinking my positions.

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Career Opportunities

  • Spanish Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Translator
  • Social Worker (After obtaining the social work graduate degree)
  • Working internationally in Spanish speaking countries