Teresa Borden

Teresa Borden


Email is best (I check it daily,) but if you need to phone me, please call 209-286-8018. I never check the college voice mail number on the left (and would delete it from this page, if I could!)


1. Span 1A, Sections 2012 and 2963, is offered as a totally online 5-unit class for Spring 2016. Expect to commit to at least FIFTEEN hours a week of learning and studying to be successful. Both sections will be combined into one Blackboard course, though each section will have its own threaded discussions and wiki projects. 

2. Take a look at the Spanish 1A Syllabus (visual or text version) posted on the left for more course information.

4. You MUST buy an access code for the E-text, Portales, where you will complete your learning activities. See your options for buying directly from the publisher at the link on the left. You will have options for access code only or access code with a loose-leaf text. You DO NOT need a paper text but some people like to have one. There are two textbooks on reserve in the Columbia College library. If you plan to take Span 1B next year, the 24-month access code will be most cost-effective. If you only plan to take Span 1A, the 6-month access code will be sufficient.


1. I will send an email to all registered and wait-listed students about a week before class begins with important information. All email communication is sent to students' YCCD student email accounts, so be sure to have that set up! Click HERE for instructions on how to activate your student email.

2. If you would like some orientation on how to navigate Blackboard, the online learning system we use, drop in to the ITC on the Columbia College campus ASAP the first week of the semester (see schedule of drop-in hours HERE.) The ITC is located in Tamarack Hall (Library building) in room 134. I plan to attend the Taco Tuesday event on the second day of the semester in the AAC (Academic Achievement Center, where tutoring is offered,) which is just upstairs from the ITC, so stop on by if you have any questions or just to say hello.

If you cannot make it to campus for some orientation help (highly recommended!) you can view the online orientation video created by our Distance Education Coordinator, Melissa Colon by clicking HERE.



After some interesting years of traveling and falling in love with the Spanish language (and the people who speak it,) I returned to the U.S. from Mexico with my baby daughter. When she turned six, I started working as a bilingual aide at a local middle school. Then I started working as a bilingual interpreter/translator at a county child support office and, with encouragement and influence from various people in my life, I decided to go back to college to work towards becoming a Spanish teacher.

I graduated from CSU Chico with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Women's Studies in 1999. Since 2000, I've held a Spanish Clear Single-Subject Teaching Credential. After teaching high school for a few years, I began teaching Spanish at Columbia College in 2003. I live in the quaint town of Mokelumne Hill in Calaveras County with my husband, Joe (AKA Jose el gringo,) our three dogs (Trina, Bob & Mishka) and our cat, Fidget. And, by the way, I met my husband online, even though we lived only 1/2 hour away from each other. We got married in 2003. A propitious year for me.

I am blessed with an amazing daughter (born in Mazatlan, Mexico, just over 32 years ago!) who lives near Chico (with my wonderful son-in-law and their kids) who graduated last May from the CSU Chico Nursing program (after long, hard work) and is currently employed as a Registered Nurse. I enjoy visiting with my four lively grandkids, ages 17 , 15, 11 1/2 and 10, whenever I can. I am fascinated with language and love teaching. I also love to read, write, cook, walk, watch good movies, listen to music, play guitar and travel. Okay, I really have to work on doing some of those things...can you guess which ones?

I look forward to learning about you and what you love to do!