Mario started working at Aims in 2006 and has loved it ever since. He earned a B.A. in Spanish, M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. He is married with two daughters and live in Greeley. They love spending time together hiking, running and going to the movies.
Mario teaches Ethnic Studies 200 and Chicano Studies 224.
Bryce Hedstrom lived in Chile as a teenager and earned a B.A. in Spanish at the University of Northern Colorado. He later went on to earn a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Teaching Spanish to Adults. Bryce has taught Spanish since 1989 at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, and has also taught conversational Spanish at the college level since 1992 at the Greeley and Loveland campuses of Aims Community College. His teaching emphasizes a lively comprehensible input-based approach which includes storytelling, acting, reading and music.
Joan Otoupalik joined the adjunct Aims faculty teaching German in the spring of 2006 after teaching for 30 years in Cherry Creek School District. While at Cherry Creek High School, she taught levels I - V AP, including commuting 8th grade classes from Campus Middle Unit and West Middle School. She planned and chaperoned six student trips to Europe, including a three year exchange with the Waldoberschule of West Berlin, a Girl Scout sponsored trip to the World Center in Switzerland, and two bicycle trips in Germany’s Black Forest and south central Sweden. For five years, she was also the Foreign Student Exchange Coordinator at Cherry Creek High School.
A career member of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language teachers, she served the organization for seven years as newsletter editor and was president during the 1995-1996 school year.
Joan is a Greeley native and began her study of German as a junior at Greeley High School, now Greeley Central. She received a B.A. degree in German language and an M.A. in German Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her junior year of study was spent abroad at Friedrich Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, Germany.
Ralph F. Tarnasky came to Aims in 1990 after teaching Spanish and English for 10 years in various other positions, including kindergarten through university. His interest in Spanish language and culture began during his studies at the Autonomous University in Guadalajara, México. He later earned a double B.A. degree in English and Spanish, an M.A. degree in Spanish Language and Literature, an Ed.S. degree in educational administration, and his Doctoral Degree is in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In addition to extensive world travels, he has participated in intensive language/education/study programs in Curitiba, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; and Mazatlán, México.
In addition to teaching all levels of traditional Spanish classes, Ralph also teaches a variety of specialized and occupational Spanish classes for business and community groups.
Nancy Wilson came to Aims in 2009. She is a retired high school Spanish teacher and also has taught primary through high school in various schools. She began her study of the Spanish language in 5th grade and continued through high school, college and grad school.
She loves to travel to Mexico, particularly Puerto Vallarta, where she has a time share. She enjoys teaching Spanish to students at Aims. They are motivated to learn and that makes her job FUN!