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Lindsey S.

Major(s) and Certificate(s): 

Spanish and Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies

Graduation Year: 
2006
Current city: 
Waukesha
Current state/province/country (if outside US): 
WI
What have you done since graduating from UW-Madison?: 

I became a bilingual area manager for Futura Language Professionals overseeing Spanish enrichment teachers in the Madison and Milwaukee, WI area. After a few years with the company, I began curriculum development projects and was promoted to the Assistant Director. I have now been with the company for over 10 years and am the Director. In this role I oversee our various locations in the Wisconsin and Minnesota regions. I work directly with the owner of the company on training improvements, marketing strategies, and annual meetings. I manage a staff of about 70 Spanish teachers in the Milwaukee area. This includes the recruiting and interviewing process of new teachers as well as training and coaching throughout the school year. I also work on sales connecting with local public and private schools to continue growth and partnerships for our company.

Language(s) : 
What motivated you to study this/these languages?: 

I had a wonderful experience studying Spanish in High School and had a positive connection with my Spanish teacher. I did an independent study with her in High school and knew it was a passion of mine. I was pleased to receive a high placement as a freshman and earn a lot of retroactive credits for the language.

How have these languages enriched your life?: 

It has expanded my world and ability to communicate and connect with so many more people. It has broadened my horizons through amazing travel experiences. After graduation I have pursued continued travel opportunities in the Spanish speaking regions to continue practicing my skills and love for the culture. With the company I work with, Futura Language Professionals, I was able to travel to Guatemala twice and Mexico once. I have also traveled to Costa Rica and Peru for vacations with my husband. These experiences are invaluable memories for both of us.

What do you remember about your UW language classes? How were they different from other classes you took?: 

I remember the Spanish classes I took were the ones I looked forward to the most. I enjoyed the content of the classes. I had one semester that I didn't have a Spanish class as I was planning to go into another field and that was my least favorite semester. I truly missed my Spanish classes and knew I needed to make it my focus.

How valuable were your out-of-classroom experiences?: 

My study abroad experience in Mexico was life changing for me. Living with a family and experiencing day to day life in another country was very enriching. It improved my Spanish speaking abilities and my understanding of the culture. I also made new friends and wonderful memories. I will be forever grateful for this wonderful experience.

How have you maintained or improved your language(s) since graduation?: 

I do use the language with my work, which is helpful. I also have done travels to the Spanish speaking countries to continue practice. I have taken a conversation class at a local University and have connected with a native speaker for one on one language exchange opportunities.

What advice do you have for current language students?: 

I encourage current language students to value their language experience as it is incredibly valuable in the workplace and job market to be bilingual. I also suggest trying various internships to see how you can use the language. For example through teaching, interpreting, translating, etc. This is how I found I really enjoyed teaching and found my career.

What is your favorite word or phrase in a language you know?: 
chipi chipi - in Mexico while studying abroad I learned it meant light rain