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AATSP Member Spotlights


Member Spotlight

Every month, the AATSP “spotlights” one of its members in an attempt to recognize the many ways in which AATSP members promote the study and teaching of Spanish and/or Portuguese at all levels of education. We invite you to read the current spotlight below. You can also click at the bottom of this page to view archived spotlights. 

Stephanie Enseñat-Davis

Stephanie Enseñat-Davis, M.A.

Isidore Newman School



Having taught for over 30 years, I am committed to fostering curiosity and interest in the Spanish language and culture and developing oral fluency in my students. Spanish is becoming more of a necessity in the US today, and because of that, my job, as a Spanish teacher, has become more important. It is imperative that students finish their Spanish classes with a desire to be lifelong learners and continue their studies of the Spanish language at the university level.   The US Census Office suggests that the US will have an estimated 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050, which would make US the largest Spanish-speaking nation on the planet. 

I have always been able to provide to my students with a global perspective. I was born in Switzerland while my father, a Panamanian citizen, was stationed there as a UN diplomat. We moved to Panama when I was 6 and I did all my schooling there until I went to University. My personal background and multilingualism have given me a unique perspective to provide the cultural comparisons and connections that are necessary to navigate the world around us.  Being trilingual affords me the unique knowledge of the pitfalls and difficulties the students face when learning a new language. Earlier in my career, when I was teaching in Panama, I saw the difficulties facing Spanish speakers when learning French and English. More recently, my years of experience teaching in the US, have shown me the difficulties that English speakers face when learning a new language. These diverse teaching experiences have provided me with the tools that I have used to develop an effective pedagogy, which fosters fluency in the written and oral Spanish language. 


Stephanie Enseñat Davis was born in Geneva, Switzerland, where her father was a U.N. diplomat. Her family moved to Panama, where she attended primary, middle, and high school. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in French and Education from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree from Middlebury College. Stephanie has taught various levels of Spanish, French, and English in schools in Panama, in Department of Defense Schools in the former Canal Zone, and in the United States. She has also taught ballet and was a member of the Ballet Nacional de Panamá. Stephanie currently teaches Pre-AP Spanish, AP Spanish Language and Culture, and Latin American Studies at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is also the President of the Louisiana Chapter of the AATSP, an office she has held since 2016, and was recently elected to be the Secondary (9-12) Representative for the AATSP Board of Directors.

 At Newman, she has helped redesign the Spanish-language curriculum, with an emphasis on content-based learning. The Latin American Studies course that she designed and currently co-teaches with a colleague from the History department has been a model of interdisciplinary collaboration, and she has backwards designed the Spanish track with an emphasis on oral proficiency. Stephanie’s passion for education extends beyond the classroom.  Stephanie has served on the Board of Directors of the International School of Louisiana, and for the past 10 years, she has served as a Board member for Breakthrough New Orleans, an organization whose mission is to help at-risk students realize their potential and pursue a college education. Stephanie is committed to the education and development of young people so that they may attain their potential.



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