Rachel Breithaupt, M.A.

Instructor, Spanish

Summary

Rachel graduated with her M.A. in World Languages and Literatures with an emphasis in Spanish in May 2016. She has been teaching the first two years of Spanish courses at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2014. She completed her B.A in Journalism with a minor in Spanish in 2011. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Puebla, México at the Universidad Iberoaméricana through USAC.

Breithaupt is passionate about the Spanish language and culture and first experienced the language outside the classroom during a volunteer trip at a rural Mexican elementary school when she was 16. After taking high school Spanish classes, she was surprised by her inability to understand the children she was working with at the time. This experience sparked her passion for piecing together the complexities of the language and her desire to help others learn through comprehensible input. She has since returned to several other Spanish speaking countries for similar volunteer trips, leading groups of high school students to Costa Rica and various parts of Mexico. Her travels abroad have also taken her to Ireland, Belize and Honduras.

Her primary teaching philosophy is to bring students to an understanding of the Spanish language by exploring day-to-day use outside of an academic setting. Breithaupt likes to adapt traditional textbook activities by using technology, music, games, current events, real-life examples and a variety of other outside resources to reinforce the grammar concepts that students typically see in a textbook. Her other academic interests include childhood language acquisition and bilingualism as well as teaching strategies focused on dual language immersion. She is raising her two young children to be bilingual.

Courses taught:

  • Spanish 212
  • Spanish 211
  • Spanish 112
  • Spanish 111
  • Core Humanities 203

Education

  • M.A., World Languages and Literatures, University of Nevada, Reno 2016
  • B.A., Journalism with Spanish minor, University of Nevada, Reno 2011