Roman C. Santos
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ (online) 2006
M.A. in Secondary Education and Teacher Certification.
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 2005
Areas of Concentration: Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Phonetics and Phonology
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT ? 1998
Areas of Concentration: Latin America post—1805, Western Europe
Senior Thesis: “Profile of Ian Hamilton”
1st place—Fall 1996 BYU Dancesport Championship. (Country Western Division)
Semi-finalist—Spring 1998 BYU Dancesport Championship. (Country Western Division)
Award of Excellence--University of California, San Diego—Outstanding Teacher Recognition Program, 2004-2005
Certificate of Recognition—Spanish Consulate—2005 Certamen Literario “Escribo en Español”
At Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, New York:
Assistant Professor of Spanish 2008-present
Implemented the use of Puntos de Partida (7th edition) into Spanish 101-102 curriculum.
As the only full-time Spanish instructor on staff, advised Department Chair on issues such as placement, course offerings, course content, and assessments.
Member of General Education Committee
Member of International Initiatives committee
Member of the Distance Learning Advisory Committee
Member of the Affirmative Action Committee
In addition, since there are no full-time advisors on staff, also served as academic advisor to 25-30 students advising on issues such as choice of major, major requirements, class offerings, graduation, career choices, and transfer options.
At Coachella Valley High School, Thermal, CA:
Teacher – Spanish 2002-2005
Spanish for Native Speakers (3 years) Levels 1 and 2. Class geared specifically for Heritage Speakers. Emphasis on perfecting reading and writing skills through the study of literature. Instruction included fundamentals of Spanish Grammar, cultural awareness, and a survey of Spanish/Latin American literature. Adapted the Jane Schaffer Method to Spanish in order to teach students the fundamentals of correct essay writing.
AP Spanish Language (2 years). Emphasis on preparing students for the AP Spanish Language examination. Focused primarily on an intense study of Latin American authors to perfect writing skills and to develop a cultural awareness. Heavy emphasis on the conventions of written language; including spelling, punctuation, and the use of accents.
AP Spanish Literature (2 years) Emphasis on preparing students for the AP Spanish Literature examination. A survey of 34 Spanish/Latin American authors and their works; including novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Taught students literary terms and methods for analyzing literary works; looking for symbolism, metaphor, magical realism, and social commentary. Heavy emphasis on the writing of analytical and comparative essays.
Member of textbook adoption committee (2003). Piloted and examined textbooks from various publishers. Provided written and oral evaluations as to the merits of each text. Made final decision to adopt Realidades levels 1-3.
Assisted in curriculum development (Spanish 1 and 2). Suggested text for each level, pacing of instruction, and assessments.
Assisted in translating District Handbook (English to Spanish). Working with the Director for Secondary Education, translated several dozen pages of the district handbook which provides parents with an overview of district policies and procedures.
Taught summer school—Summer 2004. Taught Spanish for Native Speakers Level 1.
Teacher – ESL/ELD 2002-2003
Within the CBET program, taught ESL to adults.
At Brigham Young University, Provo, UT:
Teaching Assistant – to Professor Robert Strong, Department of Spanish and Portuguese ? 2001-2002
Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including final exam papers. Assisted Professor Strong with transcription of oral interviews for Doctoral Dissertation.
At the Missionary Training Center, Provo, UT:
Instructor – Spanish ? 1997 - 1998
Taught fundamentals of Spanish to representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Instruction included grammar, learning strategies, generative activities, oral and written comprehension.
Production Editor, The Gale Group, San Diego, CA, 1999 – 2001
Handled all aspects of book production: Photo research, manuscript layout, proofreading and editing, caption writing.
Audio/Video Technician, MSI Production, San Diego, CA, 1998 – 1999
Assisted in set up, take down, and operation of Audio and Video equipment.
Office Staff, Azteca Furniture, Indio, CA, 1994-1995, 1996
Worked with credit manager in follow up of delinquent accounts and repossessions. Assisted office manager with filing, merchandise inventory, payments, data entry, and contract preparation.
English and Spanish – native languages; Portuguese – speak, read, and write with basic competence.
NYSUT—New York State Union of Teachers
MVCCPA—Mohawk Valley Community College Professional Association
MLA—Modern Language Association
CVTA—Coachella Valley Teachers’ Association
CTA—California Teachers’ Association
Certificates and Credentials
California Single Subject Intern Credential