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Reina Drake has been hired by Lakeland University as the lead faculty member in the Spanish program.

This summer, Drake will complete a doctorate with a specialization in Latin-American literature and culture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She comes to Lakeland with 17 years of teaching at the university level, and broad training in Spanish at large public institutions and small, liberal arts colleges.

She has worked as a Spanish language instructor at UM-Columbia and Northwest Missouri State University, where she has taught a wide range of courses on beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish in language, literature, writing/composition, Latin American film and Spanish for Professional Purposes. She has strong interest in the use of technology as an education tool and study abroad experiences.

Her doctoral dissertation analyses the family tensions between a controlling mother and her lesbian daughter as portrayed by Mexican women writers. In patriarchal societies, such as in Mexico, mothers are meant to reproduce the same cultural codes that subjugate them. Since these mothers do not want to accept their child’s sexuality, intra-familiar conflicts emerge, causing frustration within and alienation of their lesbian daughters.

She received a master’s degree in Spanish literature from Missouri, a master’s in educational leadership: Spanish education from Northwest Missouri State University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico.

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