On Thursday 30th January 2020, Global School had the pleasure of welcoming a new volunteer Spanish instructor at the University of Ibadan Learning Centre.
Antonia Lespin has thirty years of experience as an educator and multi-lingual cross-cultural facilitator in both academic and community settings. Her experience includes work in low-income communities and among vulnerable populations, as well as with teachers and other professionals. As an educator, she has taught most recently in the United States on the faculty of Portland State University as a Spanish instructor. She has also worked with the Alaska Literacy Project as a volunteer English teacher for African refugees. Antonia served for four years as an international student exchange liaison and language instructor and with the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, in Santo Domingo, providing in addition to her teaching load, numerous cultural orientation workshops and adaptation coaching to students from the United States and other countries. She has twelve years of experience delivering intensive health sector and language training to professionals from United States in preparation for volunteer service. She has worked has a consultant in the evaluation of projects for the USAID and the Canada Fund for Local initiatives, and as a teacher trainer for several organizations. She has also served as a PTA president at a bilingual school in Anchorage Alaska, and has been an interpreter and translator in the areas of health, legal, and social services, trained by the Alaska Immigration Justice Project. Antonia has an M.A. in teaching of Spanish as a mother tongue and as a foreign language; with additional graduate work in health communication and Afro-Caribbean studies. She is a bilingual English and Spanish speaker with citizenship of the United States and the Dominican Republic. She speaks fluent Portuguese and has received the CELPE-Bras advanced level certification.
Her husband Eric Lespin, a sabbatical lecturer at the University of Ibadan, has previously volunteered as the Spanish Instructor for the BNI’s Global School of Language and Culture, and a facilitator of a Training Development Class at the BNI Youth Centre.
We great joy in our heart, we gladly welcome Mrs. Antonia Lespin.