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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: April 23, 2004


Anderson Named California Language “Outstanding Teacher”

Santa Monica College Spanish professor Rebecca Anderson – who has been praised for her “dynamic, engaging and eclectic” teaching – has been named “Outstanding Teacher” for 2004 by the California Language Teachers Association.

The association, which represents language teachers statewide in both Kindergarten-through-12th-grades and community colleges, gives the award based on nominations from colleagues throughout California and letters of recommendation.

“This is a great honor for SMC and for Professor Anderson, who clearly deserves it,” said John Gonzalez, SMC’s dean of academic affairs, who wrote one of the letters of recommendation for Anderson.

In his letter, Gonzalez – who served on Anderson’s evaluation committee and has observed her in the classroom – said Anderson is an “outstanding, creative, eclectic, high energy instructor who uses a variety of techniques to ensure that her students acquire the grammatical concepts and nuances of a modern language.”

In addition, Gonzalez said Anderson has been invaluable in her assistance to fellow teachers, conducting teaching demonstrations and developing printed and online materials for classroom use. She has also been involved in campus organizations that include the Academic Senate and Faculty Association, and she is currently advisor to the Spanish Language and Culture Club.

Anderson has been teaching at SMC since 1996 as an adjunct professor and as a full-time instructor since 1999. Before coming to SMC, she taught at high schools throughout the Los Angeles area, as well as in Seoul, Korea and in her native Minnesota.

A resident of North Hollywood, she received her bachelor’s in Spanish and social studies from Winona State University in Minnesota in 1977 and a master’s in education from USC in 1988.

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