Newsmaker: Lucía Osa-Melero |

Newsmaker: Lucía Osa-Melero

Lucia Osa-Melero won a fellowship to expand her program at the Duquesne-YMCA Childcare center on Duquesne University’s campus where undergraduate Spanish students teach preschool students basic Spanish vocabulary and culture.

Noteworthy: Osa-Melero was named a SANS Inc./Mead Leadership Fellow for the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for her work at Duquesne University. At the YMCA-Duquesne Child Development Center, she started a program that has undergraduate students in Spanish classes teach basic Spanish vocabulary and customs to English-speaking preschoolers ages 3-5. The fellowship does not come with money, but offers mentoring so Osa-Melero can expand her program to schools and child care centers beyond Duquesne.

Age: 40

Residence: Regent Square

Family: Husband, David Colvin, daughter, Adel, and son, Eduard.

Education: B.A. in English studies, Universitat de València, Spain, 1998; M.A. in foreign language education, 2001, and M.A.T. in teaching Spanish as a second language, 2002, University of Iowa; Ph.D. in language teaching, Universitat de València, 2009.

Background: After coming to Duquesne as an assistant professor of modern languages and literatures, Osa-Melero saw how interested the preschool students at the YMCA-Duquesne Child Development Center were when she spoke Spanish to her daughter.

Quote: “Seeing the interest from the students, I thought, ‘I have to use this; these kids are interested; just think of all the benefits to them.’ ”

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