WSU Full Immersion Spanish Institute
René Baca will be the Lead Instructor for 2016. He is originally from Alamogordo, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM for his B.A. in Spanish (2004) and M.A. in Spanish (2008). René studied abroad at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, México. In 2009, he began his professional career at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM where he served as Director of the Language Learning Center and as an Instructor of Spanish. He has taught elementary and intermediate courses in the Spanish language for both Second Language Learners and Heritage Language Learners as well as undergraduate courses in Advanced Composition, Spanish Translation, and Spanish Linguistics. In 2015 he took a position as assistant professor of Spanish at Wenatchee Valley College. Having the opportunity to teach is a great gift and there is no other work that could be as satisfying for him. René has traveled to México, Spain, Honduras, and Puerto Rico.
Nan Cuevas, BA. Currently with the Eastmont School District, Nan has almost 25 years experience teaching Spanish to many levels from kindergarten thru college level, She has instructed the advanced students for the Full Immersion Spanish Institute since 1999. Mrs. Cuevas has a very solid background in understanding how to work effectively with individual adult learners in developing a useful working knowledge of Spanish language, culture and heritage. She is a certified Washington State Social Services Interpreter and our coordinator for the daily “Invitados” (Guests) who speak to our students about their cultural experiences.