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Maria Seila Benavente

Title: Senior Instructor of Spanish
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2144
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Bldg, 701
Resources: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Maria Seila Benavente


Born in the northern coast of Spain, in a region called Asturias. Graduated from the University of Oviedo, en Asturias, with double major in Educational Science and Psychology. In 1989 granted a grant to study for one year at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and continue with my graduate courses towards my PH.D in Psychology. Later I moved to San Francisco and for several years later I worked as a School Psychologist and Counselor in the public educational system in Spain. In 1998 I returned to USA and in 2003 I obtained a master degree in “Teaching Spanish as a Second Language” by the National Distance University in Spain. In USA I briefly taught at the High School level, and at the college level as an Spanish Instructor in Columbia College (2002) and at the University of South Carolina (2007 until present).

In my teaching Spanish, I encourage students not only to learn the language, but also to make it their own by integrating it in their lives and using it to expand who they are. I hope I can succeed in that.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.