Introducing Krista Chambless (Episode 25)

“I love to talk to people, I love to connect with people, I love to get to know people. And now, with English, Spanish, French, I can connect with so many more people, because that’s what it is all about for me. And I just thought it was so fascinating, and all of the cultures and the different ideas and the different ways that you can do something.”

I had the pleasure of speaking with Krista Chambless about her work and ideas on Episode 25.

Krista Chambless’s Bio

Dr. Krista Chambless is an Associate Professor of Spanish, French, and Foreign Language Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds a Master’s degree in Romance Languages (Spanish and French) and a PhD in Foreign Language Education. Dr. Chambless has over 25 years of teaching experience at all levels (Pre-K to Graduate Level). She was the SCOLT Educator of Excellence in 2013 and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, national and international conferences.  She has served on numerous boards and is the President-Elect of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching. Currently, she is Director of the Elementary Spanish Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She is passionate about helping people learn languages and cultures and training teachers. She come from a long line of teachers beginning with her great-grandmother who taught in a one-room school house in rural Alabama. Since then, there have been teachers in every generation of her family. She always knew she was to be a teacher and understood the powerful influence that teachers can have on their students. She became a world language teacher because of a wonderful French teacher she had in high school. She fell in love with language learning and became inspired to learn not only the language but the culture. It has been her mission from the beginning to help students fall in love with other languages and cultures.

Resources

Get to know Krista and Sandrine and their practical and fun podcast Step into Mondays (and who doesn’t want to step into – versus collapse – into Mondays!):

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