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UW-Green BaySpanish for Professionals


This course will be overseen by UW-Green Bay faculty member Professor Cristina Ortiz. The instructional sessions will be taught by Amelia Canilho and Karla Weibel, instructors who have been with us since in the inception of this program. Students repeatedly rave about our top-notch faculty!


Cristina Ortiz - Curricular Director

Cristina Ortiz, Associate Professor,Coordinator Spanish Program, Curricular Director and lead teacher for this Spanish Immersion program, was born in San Sebastian (Spain) where she completed her undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Education. She came to the United States in 1987 to further her education. She has a Master Degree and a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Literatures from the University of Cincinnati. Prof. Ortiz’ research is focused on women's literature, concepts of nation and nationalism, and Spanish and Latin American Cinema. She has been teaching at UW-Green Bay since 1993. She is very involved in international education and has taken students to places like Mexico, Spain and Australia.


Amélia Canilho

Amélia Canilho is originally from Portugal and has lived in the United States since 1984. Currently, she is a Spanish teacher at Sturgeon Bay High School in Door County and for the UW-Green Bay-Outreach Extension Department. She has over 25 years of teaching experience at the university, and secondary levels. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in European History and a Masters in Art History and Archaeology. She lives in Door County with her husband and two sons.


Karla Weibel

Karla Weibel currently works as a bilingual high school Math teacher for the Green Bay Area Public Schools. Before that, she taught 6 years of high school Spanish in southern Wisconsin. Karla earned her bilingual teaching certification from UW-Oshkosh in May 2005 and received her Masters from UW-Whitewater in Curriculum and Instruction in December of 2006. While an undergraduate student at UW-Eau Claire, Karla had the opportunity to study for a year at the Universidad de Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain. Karla also worked as a co-director for high school summer missionary tours to Costa Rica and Peru.