Dina Zavala-Petherbridge is the Director of the Spanish program and instructor for the Language and Literature Department at Valley City State University. She is a native speaker from Honduras where she earned an Elementary Education degree from the Escuela Normal España. She also completed a B.S. degree in Modern Languages-Spanish and an International Studies minor from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), a M.A. in Instruction with emphasis in World Languages from Saint Mary’s University-Minneapolis (SMU), and she is currently a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University (NDSU) where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Occupational and Adult Education.
Some of her responsibilities include coordinating international mobility for VCSU students to Latin America and Spain, and teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses for the Spanish program. Her current research interest is the use of testimonio
as a narrative in the Latin American context.
She is currently coordinating the Spanish labs for the Spanish department at Valley City State University and working at a substitute teacher of Spanish.
Amy Fuglestad has a Bachelors of Arts degree, Spanish and Communication, from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and a Bachelors of Science degree, Spanish Education, from Valley City State University. She studied for a semester at the Institute of Spanish Language and Culture, University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain. While in Spain she participated in a Spanish culture club, cooking Spanish foods and dancing Sevillanas. She also tutored Spanish speakers learning English.
She lived and worked in Paraguay for six months, living with Paraguayan families and working with Extension professionals in mostly rural areas. Upon her return she traveled the state of North Dakota sharing her experiences to schools and community groups for 2 months as an International 4-H Youth Exchange Representative (IFYE). Amy worked as a Youth Development Specialist for 17 years, with both North Dakota State University and Iowa State University 4-H programs.