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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Department Chair

Donna LeGrand

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish Education | legdon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

LeGrand developed and directs Bethel’s Spain Term and works with the World Languages and Cultures education program at Bethel. Her interests include teaching all levels of Spanish, teaching about and applying theories of second language acquisition, and researching reading in a second language. LeGrand is on the executive board of the Minnesota Council of Teaching Languages and Cultures and has been president of the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugues. . . read more.


Gina Maltese-Preciado

Adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures | gim74778@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Languages: Spanish

Cristina Plaza Ruiz

Adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures | cplazaru@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Spanish for Health Professionals, Latino immigration, immigrant families in transition, mental health of immigrants

Gretchen Ricci

Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Sign Language | glr55742@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Instructor in American Sign Language

Laura Sanchez Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures | laura-sanchez@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Sánchez is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and has taught and administered in a K-12 bilingual school. She has a passion for Latin American culture and film.

Sarah Tahtinen-Pacheco

Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures | s-tahtinen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

30 years experience in teaching & research in: Teacher Education, Bilingual-Bicultural and World Languages and Cultures Ed.; Pre-K -Adult, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Design, ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language Program, Development & Evaluation, Faculty Development/Teaching Mentor, and Doctoral/Masters Thesis Advisor

Ishaa Vintinner

Adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures | isv84686@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Languages: American Sign Language

Ruslana Westerlund

Adjunct Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures | r-westerlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

English language development, bilingual education, academic language, ESL/bilingual program evaluation, teacher change, science of implementation, and policy implementation

De Zhang

Adjunct Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures | d-zhang@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Zhang is from China. Her major research and teaching interests include computer-assisted language learning, heritage language education, technology and teacher education, and multicultural education. Zhang has taught beginning and intermediate level Chinese courses at Iowa State University and at Bethel University.

Laura Zukanoff

Adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures | laz92556@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Zukanoff teaches courses in French.

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