Secondary (9-12) Representative Candidate
The Bolles School; Jacksonville, FL
After completing my undergraduate and graduate education at
Vanderbilt University, I embarked on my teaching career at The Bolles School in
Jacksonville, Florida. I have taught every level of Spanish from Level 1 to AP
Spanish Language. I initiated student participation in state language
competitions, study abroad programs and founded the Sociedad Honoraria
Hispánica chapter at Bolles. I have also won several teaching awards, and have
worked as an academic advisor to students and as sponsor of the Honor Council.
Beginning in 1984, I became involved as an AP Consultant for the Southern
Region of the College Board and subsequently became involved in the Advanced
Placement Exam Reading. The reading has been a tremendous experience, and I
have assumed various leadership roles—from Table Leader to Exam Leader.
In connection with my interest in the Advanced Placement
program, I have presented numerous workshops and given presentations on
pedagogy related to AP expectations and skill development, and have mentored
and trained AP teachers all over the country.
I have also had experience teaching on the college level.
From 1996 to 2001, I was an instructor at Maryville College in Maryville,
Tennessee. I taught introductory and intermediate Spanish classes, and coordinated
language practice sessions with student teaching assistants.
I continue to work at The Bolles School and plan to continue
my involvement with the Advanced Placement Program.
Read Cathy Soud's Full CV (PDF)
Statement of Candidacy
I present myself for the Executive Board of the AATSP after
over 30 years as a Spanish teacher on both the high school and college level. I feel I offer the big-picture kind of view
which only a veteran teacher can have.
I have been fortunate enough to teach a wide variety of
levels of Spanish-from high school Spanish I through AP Spanish Language, and
college –level introductory and intermediate classes. I have also served as a College Board AP
consultant, teaching and mentoring professionals since 1984. In addition, I have attended the AP Spanish
Reading for over 20 years, serving as Reader and Table Leader, Question Leader
and in 2011 as Exam Leader. The perspectives I have gained in all of these
professional involvements will serve me well in an AATSP leadership
position. I have met and worked with
language teachers from all over the country and from all kinds of institutions.
My personal qualities also will serve me well in this
position. My students and colleagues find me to be a cooperative person who
does not rush to judgment, and who is even-tempered. In my school, I have
served as faculty sponsor of the student- run Honor Council, a responsibility
which offers me the chance to mentor the students as they make difficult
decisions about how to judge their classmates’ violations of the school Honor
But most of all I think I will bring to the position a
passion for the study of Spanish, which I hope was obvious to others as I was chosen
as AATSP 2009 Secondary School Teacher of the Year. The desire to serve those
who teach and learn Spanish and Portuguese and to be an advocate for language
study has led me to offer myself as a candidate for the Executive Board.
View video of Cathy Soud reading her statement of candidacy.