MARITZA SLOAN has been teaching Spanish since 1993 with a major focus on AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture. She currently teaches at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in Saint Louis, Missouri. Prior to that, she taught for 15 years at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas where she developed the AP Spanish language and AP Spanish Literature Curriculum for the Plano ISD district. Maritza has a B.A. degree in Spanish from Oklahoma State University and a M.A. degree in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to her degrees, she has studied Spanish literature at the University of Salamanca and University of Santiago de Compostela. Maritza is an AP Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture consultant for College Board and has presented many AP Language and AP Literature workshops and sessions at a variety of state, regional and national conferences. In 2012 Maritza was named Texas Foreign Language of the year. Maritza currently lives in Saint Louis, MO with her husband and daughter and travels to Costa Rica, her home country, as often as she can to visit her family and friends.