Filomena Castro-Rodríguez is a twelve year Spanish teacher who taught in Toltecali High School, Pima Community College and San Miguel High School in Tucson, Arizona. She had been teaching variety Spanish courses of elementary and intermediate levels, as well as conversational, heritage, dual enrollment and honor courses in high school and college. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid Spain (2007) and a Bachelor’s Degree of Spanish with Bachelors in Art and a Minor in Latin American Studies from University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona (2003).
Filomena believes that one important element to teach a foreign language is keeping students motivated to develop confidence to speak Spanish. In addition, she collaborated in two important events for the Spanish Department in Tucson, Arizona: El Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Pima Community College and El Festival de la Herencia (the heritage festival) at San Miguel High School. Outside the school, Filomena volunteered at Ronald McDonald House Charities, where helping families in need while their critically-ill children fight for their lives.