AP Spanish Language & Culture

Parthena Draggett has been teaching Spanish (and French) for over 35 years, including a wide range of college and high school level courses. Currently, she teaches at the Community School of Naples, Florida, where she also serves as World Language Department Chair and is building Vertical Alignment and Pre-AP Strategies across languages and levels. Prior to coming to CSN, Parthena had spent 30 years teaching in Ohio, the last 24 at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio, where she also served as Department Chair and had founded the AP Spanish Language and Culture and the AP Spanish Literature and Culture programs. An enthusiastic AP and Pre-AP teacher, Parthena also regularly participates in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Reading where she serves as a Table Leader for writing. In addition, she regularly presents at many conferences, including AATSP, ACTFL, FFLA, OFLA, NECTFL, COFLT, and the AP Annual Conference. Parthena is lead author of the AP Spanish Language and Culture textbook, Temas, published by Vista Higher Learning, totally based on authentic resources and integrated thematic units, as well as co-author of Thèmes, for AP French. In addition, she has contributed as a writer and editor of materials for the AP Community Online Annotated Resource Guide. She is co-author of the College Board thematic Curriculum Module to be used in revised AP Spanish Language and Culture AP Summer Institutes. She also participated in editing and composing sample syllabi for the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Audit. Parthena has also been a reviewer and contributing author of several AP Spanish publications, including the AP SPANISH LANGUAGE Quick Study Guide for Bar Charts, Inc.

Passionate about her work with both students and teachers in the quest for increased proficiency in language communication, Parthena was named as “Ohio’s World Language Teacher of the Year” for 2014-2015. Along with her teaching, Parthena is a Praxis II Spanish Language Chief Scoring Leader and item writer for ETS. She is a member of the AATSP and was elected to the Board of Directors as Secondary Representative from 2015-2018. She was also named State Director of the Year for the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica in 2012. Parthena maintains membership in ACTFL, the FFLA, and the Ohio Foreign Language Teachers Association (distinguished service award and other awards). She earned her B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of Mount Union and her M.A. in Spanish and French Parthena earned her B.A. in Spanish and French from Mount Union College and her M.A. in Spanish and French Pedagogy and Applied Linguistics from Kent State University.