Meet the expert team behind the Auténtico Spanish language program. Backed by research and standards, the team created Auténtico to help you build students’ language proficiency and foster cultural understanding.
For most of her professional life, Myriam (Mimi) Met has worked in the public schools. Her commitment to teaching began early. She was just a small child who came to the US as a refugee, and later come to see that her opportunities in life had been due to the dedication of her own teachers. Fascinated by research on how the brain learns, and how teachers could make language learning happen, she decided to become a Spanish teacher.
Mimi was a high school teacher in New York, then a K-12 supervisor of language programs in the Cincinnati Public Schools. She also served as a Coordinator of Foreign Languages in Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools. After a long career in public education, she joined the National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland, where she worked on K-12 language policy and infrastructure development. She currently works with schools and school districts as an independent consultant.
Peggy Palo Boyles
During her foreign language career of over forty years, Peggy Palo Boyles has taught elementary, secondary, and university students in both private and public schools. She is currently an independent consultant who provides assistance to schools, districts, universities, state departments of education, and other organizations of foreign language education. Her areas of expertise include curriculum, assessment, cultural instruction, professional development, and program evaluation. She was a member of the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for the K-12 Learners task force and served as a Senior Editor for the project. She also served on the Advisory Committee for the ACTFL Assessment for Performance and Proficiency of Languages (AAPPL). Peggy is a past president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Language Education.
After studying in Spain for a year when I was a junior in college, I knew that I wanted to share the language and culture in the same immersive way that I was taught while at the University of Madrid. We were enthralled by our art professor as he guided us from painting to painting at the Prado Museum. With our history teacher, we relived the Spanish Civil War at the Alcázar in Toledo by following in the footsteps of Nationalist soldiers and listening to historical recordings. It was that year in Spain that inspired me to become the kind of teacher whose students would remember her class with fond memories 50 years later.
Richard S. Sayers
Rich Sayers has been involved in world languages education since 1978. He taught Spanish at Niwot High School in Longmont, Colorado, for 18 years, where he taught levels 1 through AP Spanish. While at Niwot High School, Rich served as department chair, district foreign language coordinator, and board member of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers and the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching. In 1991, Rich was selected as one of the Disney Company’s Foreign Language Teacher Honorees for the American Teacher Awards. Rich has served as a world languages consultant for Savvas since 1996. He is currently the vice president of humanities in the Savvas sales division.
I wanted to be a teacher from my earliest days going to school. I loved learning. At first I wanted to be a social studies teacher because I was interested in exploring other places. Then when I was in 7th grade I started studying Spanish. By the time I was in the 10th grade and in Spanish 3, I realized that Spanish was coming really easily to me and that it was fun to communicate in another language. I changed my interest in teaching to Spanish. We had a very active Spanish club at my school and I took part in it to learn about culture through places we visited, food we cooked, and exchange students we met. I started to travel with student groups and when I was in college lived for a year in Sevilla, España. All of these experiences convinced me I wanted to be a Spanish teacher.
Daniel J. Bender
New Trier High School Winnetka, IL
Leslie M. Grahn
Howard County Public Schools Ellicott City, MD
Nancy S. Hernández
World Languages Supervisor Simsbury (CT) Public Schools
Patricia J. Kule
Fountain Valley School of Colorado
Jacqueline Hall Minet
Upper Montclair, NJ
Simi Valley, CA
Martha Singer Semmer
Dee Dee Drisdale Stafford
Putnam City Schools Oklahoma City, OK
Christine S. Wells
Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School Colorado Springs, CO
University of Chicago Chicago, IL