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Dina Zavala

(Instructor of Spanish, B.S. University of Wisconsin River Falls, M.A. St. Mary's University)
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Dina Zavala 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.

Amy Fuglestad

(Teacher Assistant)
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Amy Fuglestad is currently coordinating the Spanish labs for the Spanish Program at Valley City State University and working at a substitute teacher of Spanish.
She 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.

Alexandra Cardenas

(Lab Assistant)
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Alexandra Cardenas is a heritage speaker from Newark, California. She is working on her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Spanish degrees. She is a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field team, as well as different campus clubs. Alexandra has worked as a tutor for the Spanish department since 2014. She enjoys traveling and plans to travel to Spain during the summer of 2016.

Alejandra Gonzalez

(Lab Assistant)
Alejandra Gonzalez is a native speaker from Seville, Spain. She is working on her Bachelors of Science of Business Management and is also Minoring in Marketing. Alejandra is a former Basketball team member for the university, and a current Spanish Club member. She has worked as a tutor for the Spanish department since 2014. She has traveled to England, Ireland and part of the United Stated to improve her English. After graduation, she is planning to attend graduate school.