Senior Lecturer of Spanish

Before arriving at UVM, Abby taught Spanish at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. She has lived and studied in Madrid, Spain, receiving her MA in Spanish from New York University, and worked in the Dominican Republic as the on site director of the Northfield Mount Hermon Semester Abroad Program in San Cristóbal. She recently participated in a weeklong seminar “Cinema of the Global South” through the Faculty Network Seminar at New York University, studying Cuban revolutionary cinema up until the latest emerging voices in Latin American Cinema.  
Abby is a classically trained pianist and has taken courses at UVM’s music department in theory, history, jazz, and accompaniment. Her teachers include classical pianist Annemieke McLane, jazz pianist Tom Cleary and master classes with Latin-Jazz Virtuoso, Eddie Palmieri. She has recently collaborated in several local theatre productions including O’Caligula with UVM composer Patricia Julien, and Songs for a New World  in addition to serving as an accompanist for Vermont Youth Orchestra musicians. She has also performed with Burlington-based bands including Grupo Sabor, recording on their 2009 CD, El resbaloso, and as invited guest for Trombonist Rick Davies’ CD release party Siempre Salsa. 
Abby combines her love of music, literature, and film to enhance her language classes and offer her students a wide variety of perspectives into the Spanish-speaking world.
Languages spoken:
Spanish (near native fluency)
English (native speaker)
Portuguese (reading knowledge)

Associations and Affiliations

Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Music of Latin America and Spain; Latin American film


  • M.A. Hispanic Civilization, New York University


  • (802) 656-3196
Office Location:

501 Waterman

Office Hours:

Spring 2022: By appointments on Microsoft Teams

  1. HCOL 086 Syllabus

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 001: Elementary I
  • SPAN 002: Elementary II
  • SPAN 051: Intermediate I
  • SPAN 052: Intermediate II