Lecturer in Spanish & Portuguese
Contact & Office Hours
Henshaw C2 202
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., Gordon College
Once Melissa Belmonte started learning Spanish when she was young, she became passionate about increasing her knowledge of the language and of Latin American studies. Upon completing a Spanish and Latin American studies major in college, she went on to teach English for speakers of other languages in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. After teaching for a few years, she earned a master’s degree from the Spanish and Portuguese department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, focusing on second-language acquisition.
Belmonte has been teaching Spanish language and cultures at Smith since 2005 and is particularly interested in integrating the arts and creative self-expression into the language classroom.