Dr. Beatriz Desantiago-Fijelstad
Currently, I work as a tenure track assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato. For over thirty years, I worked as a teacher, adjunct faculty, and administrator at Saint Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, the University of Saint Thomas, the University of Minnesota, and Metropolitan State University, Mankato. I am a professional presenter; I have presented seminars and workshops in education, cultures, world languages, technology, customer service, diversity, antiracism, and multiculturalism.
I hold a BA in Industrial Relations degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, México; an MBA from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, México; also hold a MA in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas, St Paul, MN; and an Educational Specialist degree and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Saint Paul, MN.
I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and colleagues. I volunteer my time in education, sports, and religious organizations. I served as PTO president at Adams Spanish Immersion School, Senior Warden of Santo Niño Jesus church, a Spanish-speaking congregation. I am the president of Lectores sin Fronteras, a non-profit organization that promotes reading habits in small towns near Torreón, Mexico. I have coached soccer to youth groups, and I was awarded Coach of the Year at Highland Groveland Recreation Association. I love to travel, write, read, dance, exercise, meet people, learn languages and cultures, fiddle with hammers and screwdrivers once in a while, and generally like to have my time occupied.