Auxiliadora Arana-Sanchez

Current CV [PDF]

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Language Instructor, May 2002 to Present
University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, MS

Instructing Beginning and Intermediate level Spanish and Spanish for Special Purposes

Instructing a Criminal Justice class: Introduction to Juvenile Justice

Developing class plans, syllabi, curriculum, internet activities, and evaluations

Preparing class schedules and sequence of levels offered throughout the year

Advising Foreign Language and Paralegal students

Interpreter / Translator, August 2002 to Present
U.S. District Court, Biloxi, MS

Interpreting Spanish-English / English-Spanish during court sessions

Assisting Defense Attorneys and U.S. Probation Officers with Spanish-speaking defendants

Interpreter / Translator, 2000 to Present
Have served as interpreter and translator to the following agencies:

Harrison Country Circuit Court

Harrison County Public Defenders Office

Pearl River County Circuit Court

Pearl River County Public Defender’s Office

Forrest County Youth Court

U.S. Attorney, Southern District of MS

Several Law Firms

Adjunct Language Instructor, January 1999 to Present
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus, Gulfport, MS

Taught Beginning and Intermediate level Spanish

Prepared lesson plans, tests, and online activities

Prepared and Reviewed syllabi

Maintained accurate documented attendance and evaluation records

Language Instructor, January 1999 to May 2002
Pearl River Community College, Poplarville, MS

Prepared lesson plans, tests, and online activities

Taught Beginning and Intermediate level Spanish

Taught Developmental English

Submitted curriculum proposals to the Academic Board on Spanish for Special Purposes

Developed class curriculum and taught Spanish for Law Enforcement

Maintained accurate documented attendance and evaluation records

Also worked as an Adjunct Instructor until August 2000

Deputy Sheriff / Correctional Officer, December 1995 to November 1996
Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, Hattiesburg, MS

Provided assistance and support to law enforcement agencies (local, state, and federal)

Assisted Metro Narcotics agents

Responsible for overall security of Regional Jail and Juvenile Detention Center

Maintained detailed activities reports

Served as a Spanish interpreter and translator

Instructor / Interpreter / Translator / Court Clerk, October 1994 to April 2000
Hattiesburg Police Department and Municipal Court, Hattiesburg, MS

Served as Court Clerk with the Municipal Court from November 1996 to December 1997

Designed an eight-hour refresher course curriculum and a twenty-four hour basic course curriculum for Spanish for Law Enforcement

Currently serving as an on-call Spanish Interpreter for on-duty police officers and investigators on a voluntary basis

Language Instructor, February 1995 to September 1995
Catholic Social and Community Services, Inc., Migration and Refugee Center, Biloxi, MS

Taught Beginning and Intermediate level Survival English as a Second Language

Served as Spanish interpreter and translator

Assisted in the resettlement needs of Cuban refugees—housing, employment, medical care, acculturation, job training, English language training, etc.

Performed and maintained close and detailed evaluation of refugees

Researched and wrote private and government grants


ACADEMIC PREPARATION
Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice, University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, MS, 2003
M.A. in Teaching Languages, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 1994

Emphasis: Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

Thesis Presentation: “Incorporating Culture into the L2 Classroom”

B.A. in Foreign Languages, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 1993
General Studies, No Degree, Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS, 1982


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

WebCT & Technology in the Classroom, 60 hours, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus, 2006

Terrorism: Public Safety and Private Security Techniques of Response and Investigation, 40 hours, Southern Regional Public Safety Institute, 2002

Computer Security and Cyber Crimes, 40 hours, Southern Regional Public Safety Institute, 2002

Law Enforcement Response to WMD Incidents, 16 hours, Louisiana State University Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, 2002

Trainer in Command Spanish for Law Enforcement, 40 hours, University of Southern Mississippi, 1996

Survival Spanish, 40 hours, Texas Department of Public Safety, 1995


RESEARCH, PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Culture Dynamics, Mississippi Police Corp, Sponsored by HIDTA, Gulfport, MS, 2001

Cultural Dynamics and Intercultural Relations and Communications, The Southern Regional Public Safety Institute, Long Beach, MS, 1997

Vietnamese and American Education: The Role of Culture in the Classroom, Family Literacy Conference, USM Gulf Coast, Long Beach, MS 1995

Incorporating Culture into the L2 Classroom, AMTESOL Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1994

Completed research projects: A Study of Hispanic Gangs and A Survey on the Management of Municipal Courts Throughout Mississippi


PUBLICATIONS

Developed and wrote police manual, Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement, for Hattiesburg Police Department, 1995, revised 1999

“An Interview with Wolf Ruvinskis: The First Mexican Stanley Kowalski,” in Latin American Theatre Review, University of Kansas, Spring 1993


MEMBERSHIPS

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT)

Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA)