Donna Hertz tried to retire from teaching, but after a post-retirement year in Aix-en-Provence, knew that she wasn’t done with her dual mission to teach French and foster in her students, a deeper understanding of the complex multi-cultural world in which we live. The position as French Instructor and Coordinator for SILP was the right venue for this passion.
Wei Liu is currently a preceptor at Harvard University, where she teaches advanced business Chinese. Since 2005, she has also taught Chinese at Brown, Wesleyan, and Duke.
A native of the People’s Republic of China, she got her Ph.D. in Political Science in Education at China Capital Normal University in Beijing. Her dissertation topic, The Confucius Institute’s Cultural Soft Power Role, reflects her background in Chinese politics and culture. She went on to develop and teach a course on the Transformation of Beijing at Middlebury College in 2010.
Maria Jesus Iglesias Barca is currently an Instructor in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE). She is also a Spanish Instructor for the Custom Language Services (CLS). Before coming to the Monterey Institute, she taught Spanish at All Saints’ Day Middle School, International School of Monterey (5th to 8th grades), and Santa Catalina Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Prior to coming to Monterey, she was a Lecturer of Spanish at Pennsylvania State University for five years.