I am originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. I moved to Charlotte in the fall of 2001 to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This is my sixteenth year teaching Spanish in Cabarrus County. I really enjoy teaching the Spanish language and culture. I cannot wait to meet my new students and watch them grow!
WHY STUDY SPANISH?
Por lo mundial (Because it's worldwide)
Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. You can visit any of 21 countries in the world that speak Spanish and feel at home. Even in the United States, knowing Spanish can open doors to you.
Por lo bello (Because it's beautiful)
You'll be amazed to discover how rich the Spanish-speaking world is in works of music, literature, science, religion, and art. The novels of Miguel de Cervantes or Isabel Allende, the painting of Fernando Botero or Frida Kahlo, the poetry of Gabriela Mistral or Pablo Neruda; all these treasures and many more await you as you explore the Spanish-speaking world.
Por lo práctico (Because it's practical)
You're living in the country with the fifth largest Hispanic population in the world, more that 33 million people. And whether they're originally from Mexico, Puerto Rico, or Cuba - or from any other part of Latin America or Spain - almost nine out of ten are Spanish speakers. Business, government agencies, educational institutions, and other employees will be looking for more bilingual employees every year. Give yourself an edge in the job market with Spanish.
Porque puedes (Because you can)
Applying your learning skills to a new language will be challenging at first. But you have the tools you need to do the job. And you're lucky to be living at a time when there are almost no limits to your opportunities to practice Spanish. You can interact with Spanish speakers not just in your community but all over the world, via pen pal organizations, the library, or a multitude of resources and online networks.
En fin, porque sí (Finally, just because...)
The best reason of all to study Spanish is because you want to!
¡Exprésate! Holt Spanish I