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Reading Resident to Teach Spanish at Immaculata University

Reading resident Loredana Di Stravolo has joined the faculty of Immaculata University as instructor in Spanish. Since 1999, Ms. Di Stravolo had been affiliated with the University of Maryland in their Department of Spanish and Portuguese as a teaching assistant, a graduate assistant, and most recently as an adjunct professor. During this time, she also taught beginners´ Spanish as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University. Serving for seven years at Alvernia College, she worked in the Department of Foreign Languages as an instructor, committee member, and adjunct instructor for the Continuing Education Program. She traveled three times with La Misiòn de Amistad to the Dominican Republic as a translator and missionary worker. During her career, she also taught Spanish at Lehigh County Community College, Liberty High School, Bowling Green State University, and Conestoga Valley High School.
While earning her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Millersville University, Ms. Di Stravolo attended the Institute of Spanish Studies in Valencia, Spain. She continued her education receiving her Master of Arts in Spanish from Bowling Green State University. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland and expects to complete her degree by spring 2006. Her education also included a semester at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain where she studied theater, literature, film, and tutored undergraduate students.
In 2004, she was invited to present at Intercambios y Conversaciones, at the University of Maryland and also presented "Spanish Women´s Spaces as seen in Entre visillos" at the Graduate Conference at the University of Maryland. The University of Maryland presented her with the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award for the 2001-2002 year. In 1997, she was honored by the Honors and Awards Committee of Alvernia College for service to the College and in 1996 she was selected to be included in the Who´s Who Among America´s Teachers. Ms. Di Stravolo was also inducted into the Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society and has been a director of the Italian Heritage Council of Reading, PA, since 1995. Ms. Di Stravolo is a member of the Modern Language Association and the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. She is fluent in both Spanish and Italian.
Ms. Di Stravolo comments that "I am excited to be here at Immaculata University and look forward to working with the fine faculty and students."
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection between route 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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10.13.05