Profe M. Garcés, Spanish Educator


MA Education, University of Minnesota June 2015–present (in process)

BA summa cum laude, Michigan State University Aug. 2003–Aug. 2007

Grade Point Average 3.95

Dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees—Social Relations & Policy and Spanish Language & Literature

Foreign Study in Italy and Spain (May–July 2005, Jan.–May 2006, May–Aug. 2007)

Specialization in Museum Studies

Spanish Language Skills & Experience

♦ Heritage speaker. Studied 15+ years. High level of fluency in written and oral communication.

♦ Professional experience in Spanish/English written translation.

♦ Attended La Universidad de Extremadura & interned at El Museo de Cáceres in Cáceres, Spain; January–May 2006.

♦ Lived in Madrid, Spain and interned at the Fundación Juan March gallery; May–August 2007.

Teaching & Work Experience


Spanish Teacher

Roosevelt High School; Minneapolis, MN
May 2016 to present
♦ I teach Spanish 1 for 9th graders and older students seeking to meet their MYP language requirements using TPRS techniques and as much comprehensible input as possible.

♦ I am co-developing an IB HL level 6 course with Jennifer Eik that serves as the first year of a two-year program for upper level students from Roosevelt’s Heritage, Immersion, and World Language Spanish departments.

Student Teacher

Washburn High School; Minneapolis, MN
January to March 2016
Co-taught Spanish III, IB Spanish V, and Spanish for Native Speakers I using 95–100% target language in line with ACTFL standards, creating daily opportunities for students to speak, read, and write in the TL.
♦ Developed formative and performance-based summative assessments to track student progress, making intentional choices based on current research in language acquisition and content-based instruction (CBI).
♦ Planned collaboratively with fellow Spanish III instructor Jill Leary, utilizing MYP rubrics for assessment.
Supervisor, Kathryn Kerekes and Alissa Fortune (MPS) and Corinne Mathieu (UMN)

Windom Dual Immersion School; Minneapolis, MN
September to December 2015
Worked collaboratively with co-teacher Stephanie Mendez to develop standards-based, engaging and differentiated unit plans and assessments in math, science & reading in a Responsive Classroom.
Supervisor, Stephanie Mendez (MPS) and Corinne Mathieu (UMN)


Jefferson Community School; Minneapolis, MN
4+ hours per week, January to June 2015
Classroom helper in a bilingual first/second split class. A majority of students came from low-income families of Hispanic origin. Most were just developing English language skills. Supervisor, volunteer liaison Elizabeth Hale (

Washburn High School; Minneapolis, MN
1–2+ hours per week, March to June 2015
As a Spanish Aspiring Educator, I observed in 4 different Spanish language classrooms and served as a reading support volunteer for one group of Spanish 3 students. Supervisor, volunteer liaison Rebecca Felland-Syring (

Brand Manager

Calhoun Cycle; Minneapolis, MN
May 2012–August 2015
Responsible for the shop’s brand image in store and across web platforms as well as training part time staff.

Graphic Designer

Two Five Five Five, Minneapolis, MN
April 2010–present
♦ Conceptualize logos and deliver identity systems for new businesses and comprehensive re-branding for established organizations, specializing in multi-lingual design, and managing web and print production—both in-house and through relationships with local printers and paper suppliers.
♦ Past clients include Mounds Park Academy, CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio), The American Swedish Institute, Educational Latitudes, and Resolution Graphics.
♦ Volunteer design work for The American Swedish Institute, Midtown Farmers Market of Minneapolis, and Ascension Catholic Church & School.

Graphic Designer

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis; Minnetonka, MN
April 2010–May 2012
In addition to my own work responsibilities, I regularly helped my team members to develop their skills in layout and design and their understanding of our design software tools.

Trainer & Mac Specialist

Apple Store Southdale; Edina, MN
September 2008–May 2010
From the most fundamental skills to advanced photo editing and design techniques, I taught customers how to become confident Mac users through lessons in iPhoto, Aperture, Adobe Creative Suite, and the basics of Mac OS X and Apple’s iWork software. I met customers at their level, delivering individualized, friendly service whether in training sessions or when providing technical support. Through analogy and frequent checks for understanding, I sought to make technology accessible to computer users of all abilities.

Volunteer & Visitor Services Assistant

American Swedish Institute; Minneapolis, MN
May 2008–May 2009
♦ Designed, wrote, and coordinated printing of a comprehensive handbook for all new and current volunteers.
♦ Built relationships with visitors and members through friendly phone support and in person service.
♦ Trained new volunteers, including teens and older adults

Reserve Teacher

Minneapolis Public Schools; Minneapolis, MN
February 2008–May 2009
♦ Taught ages 5–18 across subjects, including Spanish immersion elementary students.