I interviewed my Spanish teacher, Debra Williamson.
Q: How long have you been teaching? And how long at Clemson University?
A: I have been teaching for 20 years and the last two years have been at Clemson.
Q: Where did you go to college? How did you decide on your major?
A: I went to the University of Southern Mississippi. I lived in Mexico City with relatives and I fell in love with Spanish! I knew I wanted to teach from those experiences.
Q: Have you ever lived in a Spanish speaking country?
A: Yes, Mexico City! I also lived in Spain one year (12 years ago).
Q: What did that entail for you? Were there hardships that came with that and did you reap any benefits?
A: When I first lived in Mexico I had problems with the language and I made lots of mistakes and sometimes I got lost (No cell phones then). Spanish opened the door for my teaching career.
Q: Do you really enjoy teaching or would you rather have another job?
A: I love my job!
Q: What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
A: I love to spend time with my family and I love to do things outdoors (paddle boarding, hiking). I also enjoy reading and traveling.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Raising my children and teaching at Clemson.
Professora Williamson is a fantastic professor. She is great at her job! So great that I am taking a class from her next semester as well. She is kind and merciful. Professor has so much grace and is so humble. I think I would like to continue being close with her as a professor and work with her to get the minor I want.
I didn't know she enjoyed the outdoors or to travel. I did know that she enjoyed being a teacher. I guess I determined that through her actions during class and office hours. I realize I have a lot in common with her now through her answers. A lesson I learned through this was that it is very easy to talk to your professors. They do want you to succeed.