A.C. Quintero has been teaching Spanish as a second language for approximately 14 years. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) educator, she is also a strong advocate for infusing deep-thinking skills into the World Language curriculum.
She holds a double Master’s in Latin American/Afro-Caribbean Studies and Educational Leadership. She is passionate about training educators and empowering them to deliver a research-informed, inclusive, pedagogically sound curriculum. She is equally passionate about providing comprehensible and engaging stories that will connect with students, and facilitate language acquisition in both Spanish/French.
She has authored several Comprehensible Input novels for all levels of Spanish, which include La clase de confesiones Series, Las apariencias engañan Series, El Último viaje, and El escape. She hopes that her novels will not only entertain, facilitate L2 acquisition, but that students can learn more about themselves, about life, and how to make more informed decisions.
Eric Herman has been a communicative and comprehension-based language teacher at the elementary, middle, university, and adult levels. He is currently in the MA program in Hispanic Linguistics at FSU. Eric acquired Spanish while a Youth Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Honduras.
He is the author of “How to use MovieTalk to Teach with Comprehensible Input”(IJFLT, 2014), Ataques de Hambre (2016), Assessing Proficiency in the Classroom (2017) and the bi-weekly “Acquisition Classroom Memo.”
He also co-teaches an online summer course on Second Language Acquisition and Language Instruction as part of a language teacher certificate program at UC Boulder.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Virginia comes from a family of teachers and authors. Her grandmother was a columnist for a rural newspaper in the 1940’s and ‘50’s, and also worked as teacher and administrator. Her mother is an author of historical fiction pieces in her retirement from a long teaching career.
Since she began teaching in the late 90’s, she has taught all levels of Spanish, postsecondary and heritage Spanish courses. She enjoys creating culturally authentic materials for the classroom and shares her outrageous tales of adventure and calamity with her students. Her ambition to explore indigenous beliefs and native cultures has led her to know to unique people and places. The people and places that she has come to know while traveling, working and living in Latin America are the backdrop for her novels.
“A good story should reflect the hopes, dreams, struggles, joys and mundane realities of the human experience, all of which is woven together by cultural perspective. My intention is to invite the reader into the hearts and lives of the characters, where the delicate equation of perception and accidental circumstance meet.”
Jennifer Degenhardt, B.A., M.Ed., taught middle and high school Spanish for 24 years. She began writing when students in her classes were not “buying into the traditional textbook lessons. With the first story she wrote, Jennifer found that her students were more engaged, both with the language and in class in general.
While her books highlight cultural, social, economic and political themes necessary for continued conversation, both in- and out of the classroom, all of them deal with identity to some degree and how important it is to know who you are.
Jennifer is passionate about helping students learn more about themselves through storytelling and writing and is currently sharing this passion with her students at the college level at UCONN Stamford.
Theresa Jensen is a National Board Certified Spanish teacher and has taught high school Spanish 20+ years. She believes that every unmotivated Spanish student is just one good story away from being hooked.
She lives in Omaha with her amazing husband, Jeff. Their talented daughter Hannah (in college) does her mom’s book cover art.