As an undergraduate student attending New Paltz, Evana Apollonio majored in Spanish. Now a secondary education graduate student, Evana has found a way to apply the knowledge she's acquired in both fields by teaching introductory Spanish courses at the college.
Evana had always spoken Spanish at home, but only recently as an undergraduate at New Paltz did she learn how to read and write in Spanish. "My professors blew me away and I instantly knew I wanted to teach Spanish," said Evana. She realized that in teaching Spanish she would be able to share her passion for the language with others.
Now earning her master's degree at New Paltz, Evana is also teaching an elementary Spanish course and last semester worked with the Mid-Hudson Writing Project on a pilot study of migrant student writing. "Teaching is a lot of work, but it's very rewarding," said Evana, who hopes to get her Ph.D. in Latin American literature. She also aspires to continue teaching at New Paltz after she graduates from the master's program.
For Evana, the best part about taking classes and teaching at the same time is being able to discuss her experiences in her graduate courses and apply what she's learning in the course she's teaching.
Hobbies: Reading Spanish novels, spending time with her family and husband, cooking
Motivated by: Her mother, sister and family. "They left their country with nothing. Their motivation motivates me."
Little-known fact: Going to Uruguay over winter break to be with her extended family over the holidays. She hasn't seen them in four years.