Elizabeth Calderón joined NCSSM as an Instructor of Spanish on the Durham campus in August 2022. She is a native speaker of Spanish, born in the Dominican Republic. During her time as an educator, Elizabeth has taught in public and private schools, as well as the higher education sector, including Louisiana State University. Elizabeth has taught a wide range of courses, such as Elementary, Intermediate, and Intensive Spanish, Dual Enrollment Elementary and Intermediate Spanish, AP Culture and Language, AP Language and Literature, Communication and Culture, and Spanish Honors. In addition, Elizabeth has published her work in the magazine “El Cid,” an undergraduate academic journal published by The Citadel in South Carolina. Some of her other published work include the short story “Los cascos negros” “The Black Helmets” and a research essay entitled “La subordinación de los indígenas y la mujer” “The Subordination of the Indigenous and the Woman” en el “Borrador de un informe” de “The Draft of a Report” by Augusto Roa Bastos. Elizabeth presented her research at The City College of New York’s 21st Annual Graduate Students Conference Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. The theme of the conference was “The City: Voices and Creations.” Elizabeth’s dissertation project was “El estancamiento económico de la España franquista desde la perspectiva de los personajes en ‘Historia de una escalera’ de Antonio Buero Vallejo utilizando el teatro social” “Economic Stagnation in Franco’s Spain from the Characters’ Perspective in ‘Story of a Staircase’ by Antonio Buero Vallejo Integrating Social Theater”. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, reading, walking with her dogs Luna and Daisy, spending time with her son Michael, and going to historical places. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and Spanish from Monmouth University and a master’s degree in Spanish Literature and Language from The City College of New York.