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Carmen LaRoche

Job Title:

World Languages Department Chair


World Languages


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



B.A. UCLA, Italian and Spanish Language and Literature, with an emphasis on the Medieval time period.
M.A. Universitat de Barcelona, Teaching Spanish in the 21st Century

Originally from:

Piedmont, CA

Why I Teach:

I teach to impart the beauty of the Spanish language and cultures of the Spanish speaking world to bright, young minds.

Most powerful teaching technique:

My most powerful teaching technique is my passion for my subject matter and my ability to find connections with all of my students.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Spanish is a necessity in our world and country. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States and by the year 2050, Spanish will be spoken more in the U.S. than English.

Favorite quotes:

Quemad viejos le'os, leed viejos libros, bebed viejos vinos, tened viejos amigos. ---Alfonso X, el Sabio

Favorite trivia:

Maltese is the only Semitic language written in a Latin script and alphabet.

Recommended visual media:

Cinema Paradiso, Neruda, Get on Up, Safety, Like Water for Chocolate

Recommended reads:

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Cane River by Lalita Tademy , Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Hobbies or outside interests:

Traveling, reading, dancing, waling/hiking, enjoying a GOOD cup of coffee and, most importantly, spending time with my family.

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