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Valenzuela, Gabriel; Instructor
Phone: (509) 533-3472
Gabriel Valenzuela hails from Portland, Oregon. Gabriel earned his B.A. in Spanish and Italian from the University of Oregon and
later earned his M.A. in Spanish and Italian Literature from the University of Oregon in Eugene. Gabriel's thesis focused on the
principal motifs present in the genre Naturalism in the late 19th century novel by Manuel Zeno Gandía. Other interests of study
and research include the Spanish Golden Age through the 16th and 17th century poets (Góngora, Lope de Vega, Garcilaso de la Vega,
among others), Cervantes and also the masterpieces of 16th and 17th century theatre (Calderon de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, among
others). Gabriel, like most Spanish students at one point or another, has followed Don Quijote on all of his journeys and the
quixotic nature of Don Alonso has indeed rubbed off! Having studied Italian, Gabriel has also descended into the deepest circles
with Dante Alighieri and Virgil in La Divina Commedia. His primary focus and interest in Italian is found in Boccaccio's
Decamerone, and on quite the opposite end of the spectrum, the genre "Gialli", which is the Detective Novel series.
Teaching language and culture is a deeply rooted passion. His first experience was in a classroom very similar
to the one found on the SFCC campus: In his 3rd year at the UO, Gabriel was assigned a position whereby he gained valuable
experience teacher assisting in Spanish classrooms at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. It was through these months of
tutoring and teacher assisting that Gabriel began to hone his skills and learn many lessons by watching the teachers in their
classes, and two years later he earned a fellowship to teach Italian at the University of Oregon while contemporaneously pursuing
coursework toward an M.A.
An Oregonian through and through, Gabriel has learned that not all roads lead to NE Portland and is now
discovering the jewel which is Spokane. He is very excited to learn what "snow" really means, and at the same time escape from the
land of the incessant rain cloud. He is proud to represent SFCC and work with such remarkable colleagues and bright students.
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