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Irma Bjerre

Community College Representative

Irma Bjerre

Clackamas Community College;
Oregon City, OR

Summary of CV

I've been teaching Spanish for 20 years and at Clackamas Community College full time for 16 years.  I've served as Department Chair. I worked closely with a consortium of seven colleges to create and promote study abroad programs.  I've helped coordinate the yearly Skills Contest with high schools.  I’ve worked closely with the Advanced College Credit Department to provide articulations with high schools. I write mini-grants to fund cultural activities for the department.  I worked closely with my Dean to bring Chinese. I coordinate yearly a four day International Celebration.  I taught at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Nevada.


I'm a member of ACTFL, AATSP and COFLT.  I represented OATSP on the COFLT Board.  I was elected Vice-President and then President of COFLT organizing two State Conferences and a Bi-State Conference with WAFLT. I’m good at organizing events and conferences and capable of working with others to promote the teaching of Spanish.  My passion is to provide students with the opportunity to study and travel abroad in Spain and Latin America.  I’ve led four groups of students to study Spanish at International House, Barcelona.


I have a M.A. in Spanish and a B.A. from the University of Nevada.  I've  had extensive training in Spanish Teaching Methods and the Communicative Approach in Barcelona, Spain.  I studied Italian in Torino and Perugia in Italy.  I came to the US from Colombia as a Student Teacher’s Aide with the Amity Program.

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Statement of Candidacy

I'm Irma Bjerre. I have been teaching Spanish at University and Community College levels for 20 years, mostly at Clackamas Community College in Oregon. I served for 4 years as Department Chair bringing programs like Chinese and working on language articulations with high schools.

As a native of Columbia, I want to share with students a love of cultural learning.

I worked closely with a statewide consortium of community colleges to promote study abroad. I have led four groups of students to International House Barcelona. In fact, I just returned from taking a group of enthusiastic students there. For many years, I have coordinated International Week Celebration, a four day celebration of language and culture with presentations from faculty, students, professional performers and members of the community.

I have extensive experience working on Boards of Directors. Since I started working at Clackamas, I became a member of OATSP and COFLT (the Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching). I represented at OATSP in the COFLT Board. I was elected Vice-President and then President of COFLT. I coordinated two State Conferences and one Bi-State Conference with WAFLT. I am very capable of organizing events and conferences and working together with groups to promote the teaching of the Spanish language and culture.

If elected, I will diligently work on promoting community college participation in your conferences and getting presentations that are of special interest to community college teachers. My passion is to provide opportunities for students to study Spanish abroad in Spain and Latin America. 

View video of Irma Bjerre reading her statement of candidacy. 

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