Glenda is originally from El Salvador. Since very young she embraced her love for literature and oral story-telling. Glenda knew her love literature would lead her to teach after reading the great Gabriel García Márquez. She attended Boston University for undergraduate and graduate studies, with a double concentration in Hispanic Language and Literature and Latin American Studies. She is interested in the use of film in second language acquisition and context- based teaching approaches in the second language classroom with an emphasis on culture, and the teaching of Heritage Learners. She has taught at Harvard University since 2009, and before that at Boston University, Holy Cross College and Umass as well as a study abroad program in Spain. Her teaching experience includes all levels of Spanish, introduction to Hispanic Literature, Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Spanish for Reading for PhD students. She has received several awards such as the Teaching Prize from the Romance Languages Department at Harvard and several Harvard Derek Bok Center Teaching Awards.
Glenda has also taught a translation course and has done legal translation work as well as evaluations of Doctoral Language Exams. She has tutored undergraduate and graduate students of all levels of Spanish as well. Among her interests are Latin American Literature of the 20th Century, Medieval Poetry, Spanish Theater, and Film. She is currently working on a book of memoirs.
In her spare time Glenda enjoys time with her family, which includes three beautiful daughters and a supportive husband. She is learning about interior design, house construction and photography. She loves running outdoors, music, sewing, crafts, and writing.