Anna Montoya, Associate Instructor of Spanish, Eureka Campus
What do you love most about teaching at CR?
What I like most about College of the Redwoods are the students. They are really focused on learning and ready to pursue higher educational goals. My students know how important it is to learn a foreign language in a global world. I also like to work with my colleagues and share new ideas, experiences and methodologies. Nowadays, technology facilitates fluency in language learning, allowing us to combine listening, writing, and communication skills in exciting ways.
What do you love most about your discipline?
I love the sound of the Spanish language and the diversity of its culture and people. I was first introduced to it through the poetry of a Chilean friend exiled by General Pinochet?s dictatorship when I was twelve years old, and I still hear those poetic cadences within it. Making people speak and think in a foreign language deepens their knowledge of the structure of their own language through comparison. By interacting in another language, people gain a sense of connection to the world at large, as well as an understanding of cultural diversity, tolerance, and mutual respect.
Is there anything else you would like your students to know about you?
I would like them to understand that there is nothing impossible to accomplish in this world. Dedication, perseverance, and good will are the keys of success and learning is happening at every moment of our lives, even if sometimes we only realize it afterwards. There is a Spanish saying that I like to share with my students: it says, "La practica hace el maestro." --Practice makes the teacher.
Born in France (Lorraine region) with Italian roots, Anna earned her Baccalaureate in Literature, Philosophy, and Languages in 1988. From 1988 to 1992, Anna graduated in Spanish at the Aix-en Provence University, and she was granted a Master Degree in Latin American Literature in France. For two years, she also studied "Bel Canto" with a professor from the Conservatoire de Musique of Marseille. After meeting her Colombian husband in Spain, she decided to move to California, and taught Spanish, French, and Italian as a private instructor in the Bay Area for eight years. She also worked as a Spanish teacher for a year in Merryhill Middle School in Sacramento. After moving to Humboldt County, Anna taught two years at Northcoast Preparatory Academy in Arcata. Anna loves spend time with her family. She has two sons and enjoys cooking, singing, reading, and writing poetry.