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Montse Feu-Lopez's enthusiasm for learning is as contagious as her commitment to student success. These traits, as well as her focus on service learning and student mentoring, contributed to her placement as a finalist in UHD's 2013 Outstanding Adjunct Award.
"I am constantly improving the way I lead the classroom, establish rapport with students, encourage emotional intelligence and responsible citizenship, and inspire students' love for cultural diversity," she said. "By the end of each semester, I am delighted to see that students have improved their self-confidence, communication, analytical skills and cultural knowledge."
Feu-Lopez began teaching Spanish courses at the University in fall 2009 and added humanities courses to her lecturing workload in spring 2011. Her teaching philosophy involves creating hands-on strategies that transform students' learning experiences as she encourages undergraduates to intellectually engage with the University culture, as well as the larger community.
She couples her hands-on teaching style with a focus on collaborative learning because she finds it to be intrinsically motivating and important in improving students' University experiences and academic results.
Her students appreciate her enthusiasm for her field and their own academic success. One student recently noted, "I believe that taking your courses taught me more than vocabulary, pronunciation and how to write in a new language - your courses also taught me so much about learning."
Another student replied, "Your lessons to us about making and investing time in our studies - despite whatever life throws at us - still resonate with me as I continue to pursue teacher certification. I hope that I will be able to inspire my students to have the same tenacity for education that you taught us."
A bachelor's graduate of the Universitat de Barcelona, a master's graduate of Hood College in Maryland, and a doctoral graduate of the University of Houston with honors in Hispanic Studies, Feu-Lopez's research interests involve cultural diversity and women's studies. In fact, she created two online courses, "Hispanic Culture and Civilization" and "Hispanic Women in Print" at UHD.
She also holds a certificate in language teaching pedagogy from Universitat de Barcelona, a certificate from the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University and a certificate in women's studies from the University of Houston.
"One of the most rewarding benefits of my work is knowing that my teaching approach leads students to become cultural ambassadors as they grow into well-educated leaders," said Feu-Lopez.
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