A.C. Quintero

A.C. Quintero

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

Eric Herman

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.

Virginia Hildebrandt

Virginia Hildebrandt

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

Jennifer Degenhardt

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

Theresa Jensen

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.

Andrew J. Snider

Andrew J. Snider

Andrew J. Snider is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Pierce College and the Director of Media and lead author at readtospeak.com. He is a passionate language teacher and learner and believes that reading is the key to unlocking new languages.

Andrew lives in Puyallup, WA with his wife and two children.

Craig Klien

Craig Klein

Craig is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, South America. He was born and raised in Cúcuta, a city near the Venezuelan border. Craig has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Spanish Literature, and currently teaches Spanish in the state of Iowa.

He is passionate about teaching the Spanish language through comprehensible input and has created unique approaches to instruction that include current events, culture, storytelling, music, literature, games, art, and more. He is a frequent presenter at many world language conferences and his presentations have been voted as best of the state.

In 2018 Craig was also recognized as Iowa Educator of the year. He is the author of popular Spanish readers such as El ratón Pablito, La familia de Federico Rico, La piñata de Renata, ¡Papacito!, El silbón de Venezuela, El Pombero: Una leyenda paraguaya, Peter va a Colombia, El gorila blanco de Guinea Española, as well as posters, maps, animated videos and other educational materials.

Margarita Pérez García

Margarita Pérez García

Margarita Pérez García is an experienced language teacher and educational researcher. She has taught Spanish and French at all levels from primary through secondary and higher education in Venezuela, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and at present she is based in Australia. Margarita holds two Masters degrees in Spanish Language and in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She contributes to the promotion of TPRS in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region through demonstrations, in-school teacher training, consultancy and participation in conferences.

Margarita is passionate about language learner literature and her current interests include bringing extensive reading into the classroom and writing “easy-to-read” literature for learners with reading difficulties. Margarita enjoys writing most at the lowest frequency for beginning language learners. She writes fiction involving the environment with strong conservation themes. She authored El Brazalete Mágico, Itipurú y el monstruo del océano, she also co-authored Juliana and coordinated its translation into German, French and English.

Adriana Ramirez

Adriana Ramirez

Adriana Ramirez works in Canada, in the province of British Columbia as a Spanish teacher. She has been a language teacher for more than 15, and is a well-known CI author and presenter.

Adriana has published several books with stories, as well as short novels (in Spanish and French), to teach through storytelling and comprehensible input. She constantly presents workshops, trains and coaches teachers on applying CI techniques in the classroom, and welcomes guests to her classroom so they can see the power of TPRS first hand.

John Sifert

John Sifert

John Sifert has been a Spanish teacher in Iowa and Texas for the past 22 years.  His focus in the classroom is to provide comprehensible input through stories, novels, and song.  He is also passionate about teaching students about life-long skills such as perseverance, respect, and kindness.

John creates a variety of classroom materials and is the author of La isla más peligrosa with several other novels in the works.

Nothing is more important than family, so when not focused on language acquisition, John spends all his free time with his wife and 5 children in the tiny, but amazing,  town of Belmond, Iowa.

“World language teachers teach the world more than language.”