Teaching Professor of Spanish
Institute for Latino Studies Faculty Fellow, 2018 Indiana Spanish Teacher of the Year, Collegiate, 2018 Indiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, Collegiate, 2020 Edmund P. Joyce Award For Excellence in Teaching
M.A., Latin American Literature, West Virginia University, The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)certificate
M.A., Education, West Virginia University
B.A., Business and Marketing, West Virginia University,
Research and Teaching Interests
Second language acquisition, foreign language teaching, teaching language through culture, community engagement, and service with the local Latino Community, Community Base Learning Language course, teaching Language through the arts. Teaching language through the lens of social justice, empathy, advocacy, and human rights.
Born in Washington DC, I grew-up in Colombia, South America. I came to Notre Dame from Vanderbilt University where I taught for 10 years many levels of Spanish. There I was also a faculty mentor for the freshman class and participated in the Center for Latin American Studies’ outreach program. I have also taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University among others. I have served as a court translator. My interests are in second language acquisition and foreign language teaching, with a particular focus on teaching language through culture, community engagement, and service with the local Latino Community. I teach intermediate language courses at the 200-level, including ROSP 20201 & 20202 language courses, ROSP 20600 Cultures, Conversations, & Writing: Spanish and Latin American Culture through Literature and Film and ROSP 20810 Community Base Language course: Immigration and the Construction of Memory, for which I was awarded a grant from the Center for Social Concerns. In 2018, I received two teaching awards from the state of Indiana: AATSP (American Association of Teacher of Spanish and Portuguese) 2018 Spanish Teacher of the Year Award at the College level and the IFLTA's (Indiana Foreign Language Teaching Association) 2018 Indiana World Language Teacher of the Year College level. In 2020, I was awarded the Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Teaching.
T. Botero, Mangione-Lora, E., "Art as an Agency for Change: Guayasamín from Ecuador to the Foreign-Language Classroom" Revista de Latinoamericanistas - Sociedad Suiza de Americanistas, Bulletin 78: 37-46 (Fall 2018)