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Daniel Cooper

Image of Daniel CooperAssistant Professor of Spanish
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara; M.S., London School of Economics; M.A. Universitat Leipzig, Germany; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Rhonda Miller

Image of Rhonda MillerSenior Lecturer in Spanish
Certificate of Major, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College; B.A., Eastern Mennonite College; M.A.. University of Virginia

The Spanish language has always been a valuable part of my life. My grandfather was a Spanish professor, and my mother, having lived in Colombia, taught me to speak Spanish as a child. Their influences at such an early age helped develop my love of languages.

Although my background is in Latin American literature, in my time as an instructor at Randolph I have discovered that my true passion is teaching the language itself. I strive to emphasize to my students that learning a foreign language is not simply memorizing vocabulary and conjugating verbs, but rather it is learning to gain and appreciate a new perspective on the world. I am constantly seeking new ways to incorporate culture into the classroom and to stimulate my students interest in the Spanish speaking world. My studies in Argentina and France have led me to be a strong proponent of study abroad. I believe that it is invaluable not only in the process of learning a foreign language, but also in fostering a global perspective and a better understanding of ones own culture. Therefore I encourage my students to study abroad whatever their level of Spanish may be, and whatever their major may be.

One of the benefits I enjoy most in teaching at Randolph is the small class size. Not only is it advantageous for learning a foreign language, but it also affords me the privilege of interacting with my students and getting to know them on an individual basis.

Maria Vazquez-Castro

Chair of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A., Universidad de Santiago de Compostela; M.A., Ph.D., University of Nebraska


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