Dana Flaskerud teaches Spanish in the Middle and Upper Schools. ;She particularly enjoys using technology to bridge language learning with learning about Hispanic culture. ;She likes to do class projects like karaoke competitions, filming and editing short movies, and creating digital comic strips.
“As a junior in high school, I spent a year in Barcelona where I fell in love with Spain and Spanish,” says Flaskerud. “In college, I lived in Granada for a semester. I’ve backpacked, hiked, and sailed my way through Central and South America. My unique travels and exciting adventures would never have been possible without my Spanish.I hope my students will always appreciate the gift of speaking another language and realize the immense value of it.”
She completed her Ph.D. at Columbia in Spanish literature. Her area of specialization is Medieval and Early Modern periods. Her dissertation, recently published with Juan de la Cuesta, is a study and modern edition of Salas Barbadillo’s 1621 novel, La sabia Flora malsabidilla.
Prior to joining the faculty of CWA, Flaskerud taught at the University of Puget Sound and Columbia University, where she directed the language program. ;In addition to teaching she serves as co-coordinator of CWA’s Winterim program and coaches Middle School ultimate frisbee.
“I really admire CWA’s dedication to teaching languages at an early age. I am convinced that by teaching our children a second language, we are not only opening doors to the appreciation of other cultures, we are also giving them an opportunity to explore their own identity, nationality and language.”
Flaskerud also loves sushi, Thai and Indian food. ;She has found that the keys to her happiness are family, strong coffee and frequent Bikram yoga classes.”I love Pedro Almodovar films and fusion flamenco music. I’m also crazy about abstract art and theater. My favorite books of all time are Don Quixote de la Mancha, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and The Lost Steps,” says Flaskerud.