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Spanish Education 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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Brian Reinhard

Dr. Brian Reinhard

Assistant Dean of the School of Education; Associate Professor of Spanish; Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
brian.reinhard@greenville.edu

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

I love working at Greenville College because I am able to work with other professors who share my passion for teaching and for Jesus Christ. It is such a friendly and supportive environment. I also really enjoy watching students increase both their language abilities and their enthusiasm for interacting with and serving Spanish-speaking communities at home and abroad.

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Richard Huston

Dr. Richard Huston

History and Political Science Department Chair and Professor of History
richard.huston@greenville.edu

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

I'm a graduate of Greenville College, but didn't fully appreciate my experience until arriving at a large state school for my graduate degree. There, I saw that as long as students were getting passing grades, and staying out of trouble with the law, they could do anything ... ANYTHING they wanted. I also saw that the professors invested themselves in their graduate students, and let the graduate students supervise the undergrads. I resonated with a friend of mine who compared Christian Liberal Arts colleges to a family, and large state universities to orphanages. When I was a student at Greenville, several of my professors invested themselves personally in me, both inside and outside the classroom. A professor I never even had for class, opened his home to me for the summer. I can never repay them, but I can pay it forward.

I love becoming personally involved in the lives of my students. They never cease to amaze me with their creativity, abilities and interests. History Education grads have taught in Paraguay, Thailand, and Guam, but also St. Louis, Chicago and Normal.

 

What attracted you to the Education Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I came to Greenville focused on being an Education major. I had grown up in South America with missionary parents, and wanted to return there after graduating. The best way to do that was to return to teach at the same school for missionary kids that I had attended most of my life. So I majored in History Education at Greenville, and returned to teach there for two years. Eventually, I returned to the States for graduate school and decided to teach at the College level.

Teaching at a small college allows me to be a jack-of-all-trades. I have realized the advantages of teaching broadly, in other areas of history, as well as in other disciplines. I've been able to develop my other areas of interest by teaching courses in geography, anthropology and missiology. In fact, I've been able to use opportunities through a Fulbright scholarship to teach methods classes at universities in Paraguay and in Nicaragua. My interest in Latin America and in travel have led me to organize mission trips and study-abroad opportunities for Greenville students and faculty in Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Israel.

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Lisa Amundson

Lisa Amundson

Instructor of Special Education
lisa.amundson@greenville.edu

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

My favorite thing about Greenville is the students. I love how engaged and excited they are about learning. How they seek out new experiences and ideas to wrestle with as they develop into people with a heart for God.

What attracted you to Education?

I love the learning process, so I only ever wanted to become a teacher. Now that I get to teach teachers... I feel I am the luckiest girl in the world.

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Kathryn Taylor

Dr. Kathryn Taylor

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education & Certification Officer
kathy.taylor@greenville.edu
Rhonda Gregory

Rhonda Gregory

Director of Instructional Technology
rhonda.gregory@greenville.edu
Karlene Johnson

Dr. Karlene Johnson

Associate Professor of Math/Science Education, Co-Director of the Traditional Teacher Education Program
karlene.johnson@greenville.edu

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

As an alum, GC has always held a special place in my heart. When I was initially hired on the faculty one of the first things I experienced was the faculty coming together in prayer over the existing/new students and their families. When I was a student here, I hadn't really contemplated that I was entering a community that was already in prayer and expectation over me. Community isn't merely a place to us; it is a way of being with one another.

What attracted you to Education, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I was originally interested in entering Medicine. After a practicum experience with a doctor, I felt strongly that God was leading me in another direction. After some time of seeking, I realized that the great pleasure I felt from the experiences I had as a Teaching Assistant (during grad school) and a Lab Assistant (at GC) was an indicator that Education was the path I should take. I have never regretted this decision! I love that I get the opportunity to engage with young people for at least a year, building relationships that equip and empower them for future action. The field of Education has also been very good to me. I have had opportunities to teach in day and boarding schools, in the U.S. and overseas.

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Career Opportunities

 

  • High School Spanish Teacher
  • ESL Teacher
  • Spanish Tutor