Meet the ML Department
Members: (l-rt) Mary Shea, Tyler Kyle, María Villagómez (Department Coordinator), Martha Pereira. Missing: Ann-Marie McEligot, Vito Digulio, and Dalila Hernández.
Spanish Instructor Tyler Kyle - Tyler Kyle joined Napa Valley College as a Spanish instructor in 2011. She previously taught Spanish at Modesto Junior College. Ms. Kyle earned her Master of Arts in teaching at the University of Southern California and her Master of Arts in Spanish at California State University Sacramento. Ms. Kyle lived abroad in Austria and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. She also travels to Spain each year and continues to expand her love and knowledge of Latin American culture by visiting a different country each year.
French Instructor Anne-Marie McEligot
Anne-Marie McEligot has taught all levels of French since 1997 at Napa Valley College. She has also taught at Dickinson College and the University of Virginia. As a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dijon and the University of Paris (Sorbonne), Mrs. McEligot is very familiar with French life. Her graduate work was at the Johns Hopkins University. 2009 was her eleventh time leading the Summer in Paris Program for NVC. She is looking forward to providing instruction and guidance to students of varying linguistic and cultural needs.
Spanish Instructor Martha Elizalde de Pereira http://www.napavalley.edu/people/mpereira/Pages/Welcome.aspx
Mrs. Elizalde de Pereira was born and raised in Mexico. She graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) from the School of Linguistics with a degree in Foreign Language Teaching. She obtained a BA and a MA in Spanish from CSU Sacramento and has taught at NVC since 2001.
Professor of Spanish, María L. Villagómez
Having joined the NVC faculty in 2000, Mrs. Villagómez has been a strong advocate for the Modern Languages Department and has developed new curriculum for the Spanish for Heritage Speaker’s Program including an Associate of Arts Degree in Spanish. She has served on numerous NVC committees including, but not limited to the Curriculum Committee, the Professional Development Committee, the Faculty Ethics Committee, and the Faculty Senate Executive Board. Currently, she serves as the 1st Vice-President of the NVC Faculty Association and is also the Coordinator of the Modern Languages Program. Mrs. Villagómez has led numerous Spanish language programs to Mexico and Spain as well as cultural excursions to Costa Rica, Peru, Spain and other European countries. She obtained a BA and a MA in Spanish with emphasis in Hispanic-American Literature, Hispanic Culture and Civilization, and Spanish Linguistics from CSU Sacramento.
Spanish Instructor, Azalea Aguilar
Born in Mexico City, Azalea grew up in the state of Sinaloa where she obtained a degree in education and a MA in History. She moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and graduated with a double major in Spanish and Art, a minor in Chicano Studies, and an MA in Spanish Literature. Azalea then moved from Los Angeles to Napa Valley in 1998, and started her career as an Educator teaching Spanish to Spanish-speaking students at Vintage High School for over twelve years, and Spanish as a foreign language at Napa Valley College for over nine years. Azalea's involvement in the arts comes not only from her educational background, but from being the wife of Napa Valley artist, Oscar Aguilar Olea. As an educator, the arts are part of her curriculum; a way to enhance and help the lives of individuals, crossing the barriers of race, culture, language and beliefs.