Daniela M. Ribeiro Beard is an Assistant Professor in Spanish at Shorter University. Her drive is to understand and optimize systems. Having a multicultural background, she thrives on using language as a pathway to facilitate learning and efficiency.
Prof. Beard was born in Switzerland to Portuguese parents and was exposed to many languages from a young age. She first studied at the University of Wyoming where she obtained a bachelor’s in Spanish and a Master’s in Spanish Language and Literature. She also attended seminary during this time with a focus on Church Ministry and Biblical Studies. In order to combine her passion for language and science, she then went to Purdue University where she studied Applied Linguistics with specializations in Spanish, Psycholinguistics, Second/Third Language Acquisition, Acquisition of Phonetics/Phonology, and Pedagogy.
Prof. Beard’s doctoral dissertation examines Third Language Acquisition.