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Subjects Taught
AP 6 Spanish Literature, AP Spanish Language, Spanish 1, Spanish 2

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Indiana University
  • Teacher certification through Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • Certified translator through ATA
  • Graduate coursework being completed through Anderson University, Indiana


I began teaching in 1998 as a 4th grade immersion teacher in Lawrence, Indiana at Forest Glen Elementary International school. Since then I have taught at North Central high school, Hamilton Southeastern Jr High and Hamilton Southeastern High school as well as Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas.  My current position is at Bob Jones High school in Madison, Alabama where I teach Spanish level 1, 2 and AP5 language as well as AP6 literature. I am also the Spanish Honor Society Sponsor for the Alabama Chapter.  I am trained as an immersion teacher as well as an AP instructor. 

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Hello and welcome to my webpage! My name is Brenda J. Castañeda.  I am a mother of 3 great kids and wife to a wonderful husband. I am a near native speaker of Spanish, the child of immigrant parents though my primary language is English.  I learned to speak Spanish at the age of 12 after a summer trip to Central America, so I too am a learner of Spanish!  Being raised in the United States from infancy, I am truly bicultural as well as bilingual and have a great love and appreciation for both languages and the people that speak them.

I'm a lover of the Spanish language and strive to improve my skills as a teacher, mentor and advocate for the Spanish language and learning.  I love to travel ,explore and bring that knowledge and experience into the classroom.  I like travelling with students as well in order to give them a new perspective, broaden their horizons and expand their language ability.

In class we learn and practice the four skills needed for language acquisition which are listening, reading, writing and of course speaking.  These are national as well as state standards for World Language programs.

Go Patriots! ¡Vamos Patriotas!