Villaamil, Rodrigo

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History Department Chair

BA Instituto de Profesores Artigas, Montevideo Uruguay
Master's in Education, Antioch University New England, Keene

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, I studied at the French School since kindergarten until I graduated from High School. Therefore I am bilingual in French and Spanish. After that I attended the Uruguayan institute for High School teacher graduating as High School History teacher after four years of Study. Being bilingual and having a degree in Education I was hired by the French Embassy in Uruguay to teach Spanish in France in a one year contract. Once finished my contract I moved to the United States to get my Master´s degree in Education and teach Spanish and History at the Dublin School.

Being bilingual and having a degree in Education I was hired by the French Embassy in Uruguay to teach Spanish in France in a one year contract. Once finished my contract I moved to the United States to get my Master´s degree in Education and teach Spanish and History at the Dublin School.

My biggest passion is History, but I also like languages. I am a Spanish native speaker and I am fluent in French, Portuguese and English. My favorite sport is long distance running.

What book has made you think the most? "The Worldly Philosophers" by Robert Heilbroner. A very interesting combination of history, philosophy and economics.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Héctor Balsas an Uruguayan Art History professor. He introduced me to the technique of applying image analysis to the teaching of history. Now I use this technique in all my classes.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Passionate, obsessive, funny

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? In High School, History my junior year. In College, Art History my junior year.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My classroom because I enjoy teaching my classes.

I am most happy when... The Uruguayan national soccer team wins a game.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Go for a run. Running keeps me fit and makes me develop very positive thoughts.