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Dr. Sherri Kurz Descalzo

Associate Professor of Spanish

  • M.A., Spanish, Emphasis on Teaching – University of Northern Colorado, December 2003
  • B.A., Spanish, minor in French, Secondary Teaching certificate, Franciscan University, OH, May 1991
  • Ph.D., Instructional Management and Leadership, Robert Morris University, May 2019
  • All levels of Spanish language acquisition: Elementary Spanish I and II; Intermediate Spanish I and II; Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation I and II; Spanish Conversation I and II.
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    Instructor: SPN 101, 102, 201 and 202.These are the Elementary and Intermediate level Spanish classes that fulfill the language requirement. The text utilizes an on-line program for homework.
  • Ohio University, St. Clairsville, OH
    Adjunct InstructorSPN 1110 and 1120 are elementary classes in the four-semester program for undergraduates. These classes include an on-line component for homework and studying.
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA
    Adjunct InstructorSPN 101 on-line. This class was conducted completely on-line.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA
    TeacherSpanish I, II, III and V. Levels I-III fulfilled the language requirement and Spanish V was conducted completely in Spanish for those students who had already taken level IV or AP. Students were expected to communicate in Spanish as well.
  • Legacy High School, Broomfield, CO
    Teacher, ChairSpanish II, III and AP, French I. The AP class is for students who are preparing to take the A.P. examination. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to communicate in Spanish as well. In addition to preparing for the exam we analyze literature as well and read and interpret a novel.


  • Member of ACTFL since 2005.


  • Fray Junípero Serra Award. This award is the departmental award for being the most outstanding student in the Spanish department at Franciscan University.
  • Member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Pennsylvania Epsilon Chapter, Robert Morris University, since February 2018.
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