Valerie has eight years of language teaching experience. She also independently tutored students of various ages, ranging from 7 to 78, in Spanish, English, and French.
Throughout her years of teaching, she has created, reviewed, and revised numerous examinations, quizzes, lesson plans, and activities to advance the learning of many diverse students.
Additionally, she has taken pedagogy courses at the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame and numerous seminars at the McGraw Center at Princeton University. Additionally, she spent 10 years living in Mexico, several months living in France, and 20 years living in the United States among international communities; these experiences have given her a unique and nuanced cultural and linguistic knowledge.
She also has 8 years of experience editing student work.
She looks forward to working with you!
Education: Princeton University, Notre Dame
Undergrad Major: French Literature and Political Science (Notre Dame)
Other Degrees/Minors: MA in French Literature (University of Notre Dame), MA in French Literature (Princeton University), Ph.D. in French Literature (Princeton University)
Class Rank: 5%
Awards & Honors: CollegeBoard National Hispanic Scholar, President of Future Business Leaders of America, Baccalaureate Speaker at graduation, Honors in French Language and Literature
Interests & Activities: National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America (President), Drama Club, Key Club, French Club, Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society), Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), Deirdre Meehan Award, Hall Leadership
Other Awards: Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award; National Ford Foundation Fellowships Program 2011 Dissertation Competition, Honorable Mention; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant for research at the Biblioteca Nacional de España and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Avignon, France Summer Study Fellowship; Langford Prize in French; French Consulate of Miami Letter of Recognition for Internship Service; Mike Russo Award for Service to the University Community; Angers, France Semester Abroad
Other Interests & Activities: Graduate Liaison Committee Chair for the Department of French and Italian, French Table Host (six years), Renaissance Colloquium (officer/organizer), Flamenco/Spanish Dance, singing, Honesty Committee member, St. Augustine Sisters Nursing Home volunteer, Notre Dame Irish E-News writer
Location: Princeton University, Notre Dame