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Margarita Muñoz Piña

Discipline: Spanish

Margarita Muñoz Piña, born in Mexico, graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from the I.T.E.S.M. campus in Queretaro, Mexico. After graduation, she joined their Continuing Education and International Programs Department as program coordinator for a couple of years before going to Ohio University in Athens to continue her studies in ESL. At OU she took graduate training in Educational Administration and subsequently taught Spanish at the University of Michigan, Marist College, Vassar College, and Poughkeepsie Day School. In 2001 she started her connection to Middlebury College Language Schools as a student in the French School; since then, Margarita has taught beginning and intermediate levels in the Spanish School, both in Vermont and California. The Middlebury experience motivated Margarita to go to Spain to pursue a Master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universidad de Salamanca, were she also taught. Her MA thesis focused on second-language acquisition at the high beginner level in an immersion setting. After her teaching experience in Spain, Margarita taught at Center College in Kentucky, and since 2007 she has worked at the University of Virginia, where she has taught third-year grammar review, reading and composition courses, and beginning Spanish. In May 2012 she will carry out her second tour of duty in the Semester at Sea program, traveling for a month through Spanish-speaking ports in the Americas, teaching an intensive beginner Spanish course and incorporating the port visits as field experiences into the curriculum. Summer 2012 will be Margarita’s fourth year to teach in the Middlebury at Mills Spanish School in California