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Julie Guilfoy

Job Title:

Spanish Teacher


World Languages


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



B.A. Portland State University Teaching Credential at Holy Names College Certificate of Online Teaching and Learning from Cal State East Bay

Originally from:


Why I Teach:

I worked in private industry for several years as an assistant in the music industry and as an accountant for small business. I wanted a profession with a social conscious. I love speaking Spanish and exploring the culture.

Most powerful teaching technique:

I involve students in projects and presentations and kinesthetic learning techniques.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Spanish is the 2nd language of our country. Learning a second language deepens one's understanding of English and broadens cultural awareness.

Favorite quotes:

"Poetry, particularly Shakespeare's, teaches us how to talk to ourselves, but not to others... Don Quixote and Sancho really listen to each other and change through this receptivity. Neither of them overhears himself, which is the Shakespearean mode. Cervantes or Shakespeare: they are rival teachers of how we change and why. Friendship in Shakespeare is ironic at best, treacherous more commonly. The friendship between Sancho Panza and his Knight surpasses any other in literary representations." Edith Grossman

Favorite trivia:

Cervantes and Shakespeare died at practically the same time.

Recommended visual media:

A Conversation with Latinos on Race, by Joe Brewster, Blair Foster and Michele Stephenson. New York Times videos<br /><br />The movie, Even the Rain

Recommended reads:

Don Quixote, Poetry of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Hobbies or outside interests:

Iyengar yoga and baking

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