Professor of Modern Languages
On faculty 1976-1985; since 2007
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975
B.A., Middlebury College, 1967
I have been teaching French and Spanish at the college or high school level since 1968, when I was a graduate student in Romance linguistics at Cornell. I have always been especially interested in applying the principles of linguistics to foreign language teaching, in order to make classroom learning more organized, effective, and proficient. I like to balance challenging teaching with kindness, encouragement, and patience.
Since my early childhood I have been fascinated by classical music; I have played the piano and sung in choirs and choruses since elementary school. I am currently singing bass in the Bach Choir of Chattanooga and Choral Arts of Chattanooga, and I still practice the piano regularly.
I love to go walking, hiking, and jogging in the fresh air on Lookout Mountain. I jog along
Scenic Highway frequently, and I go for hikes along the Bluff Trail and in Cloudland Canyon State Park.
I have enjoyed reading all my life; I am presently savoring What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza, The Buried Mirror by Carlos Fuentes, and The Known World by Edward P. Jones.
- American Association of Teachers of French
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- North American Association of Christian Foreign Language Educators
Spring 2014 Courses
FRE102 Elementary French II
FRE320 French Phonetics and Diction
FRE492 Senior Integegration Paper
SPA102 Elementary Spanish II
SPA341 Adv Spa Structure&Stylistics I
SPA353 Hispanic Literature III
SPA492 Senior Integegration Paper