Alison Pantesco is passionate about teaching and encouraging her students to experience other cultures as she did living and studying in Germany and France. Selected by the Fulbright Commission, she participated in a teacher exchange with the Saldern-Gymnasium in Brandenburg, Germany. In Berlin, Pantesco attended a workshop with German teachers from around the world, as a scholarship recipient of the Goethe Institute. She collaborated with German instructors and German author Karin Gündisch, to produce teaching material for Gündisch’s novel,Im Land der Schokolade und Bananen.
Pantesco was twice awarded the American Association of German Teachers’ Duden Award and has presented at the New Hampshire (NHWALT) and Maine Foreign Language Associations, the Northeast Conference on Teaching Foreign Languages(NECTFL), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) and the Goethe Institute in Boston on the theme of using music in teaching German. In June, 2014 she lead a workshop on Active Learning with Music at the First International Conference on Performative Teaching, Learning and Research held at the University College Cork, Ireland. Her 2014 presentation on learning language using music and choreography at NHAWLT was selected as “The Best in NH,” and, in 2015, “The Best of NECTFL.
She cherishes time with her family most of all and cannot imagine her life without music, travel and outdoor activities.
Courses taught: Elementary German I Elementary German II Intermediate German I and II Education: MA, Middlebury College, 1978, graduate study in French and German BA, Depauw University, 1973