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Education, Honors & Awards
PhD in Spanish/American Literature from Florida State University; Masters Degree in Secondary Education & Curriculum Development from the University of Puerto Rico; Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Puerto Rico
ALFAL Association; MLA Association, Modern Language Association; Asian Association of Linguistics; Volunteer as a Member of Community Education Committee in Delano, MN
Teaching is my passion and I want my students to go forward with their lives with the desires to learn more about the Spanish Language, to appreciate and understand the Spanish culture and to incorporate that knowledge into their lives experiences and growth.
Belen Washa is a native speaker of Spanish and has 17 years of experience teaching all levels of Spanish at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Belen directed the Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica twice during her tenure at St. Cloud State University. She participated in Departmental, College and University committees, advised major and minor students, published books and several articles, and presented papers in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, USA, and Puerto Rico. Belen was also selected 5 years in a row to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board’s Advance Placement Examination in Spanish. She also taught Spanish in Puerto Rico for 8 years. She retired from St Cloud State in 2008. Right now, she is writing a short story book and researching the poetry written by women in Latin America.