A riverside dock in Mexico

AP® Spanish Language and Culture

Instructor

Amarilys Heard

Amarilys Heard

A native from Puerto Rico, Amarilys Heard has been a resident in Florida since 1988.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Language Education from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology with an emphasis in World Languages from the University of Maryland University College.  Teaching experience includes teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages, Spanish for Natives Speakers, and Spanish as a Second Language.  Currently in her twenty-fifth year of teaching, Amarilys has 10+ years in AP Spanish Language and Culture and in AP Spanish Literature and Culture.  She has been a presenter at the AP Annual Conference, ACTFL Conference, Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) Conference, and at the Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) Conference.  As a College Board consultant, she has conducted trainings in Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.  Amarilys sponsors the Florida State Spanish Competition team and the Spanish National Honor Society at her school, Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida.  She enjoys traveling abroad with her students and with her husband and daughters.  She is a strong advocate of teaching and learning languages starting in early childhood and believes that educators are life-long learners who look for opportunities to adapt, modify, or innovate their current practices for better student outcomes.