Curriculum Vita
Richard C. Aguilar
Master of Arts in Teaching (12/79)
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Major: German - Minor: Spanish
Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany (08/78 – 08/79)
Internship for MAT from SWTSU.
Stipend from the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst.
Area of Study: Foreign Language Teaching Methodologies
Bachelor of Arts (08/75)
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Major: German - Minor: Music
Baylor University, Waco, TX (08/70 – 12/71)
No degree received.
Major: Music
Freelance Translator, Consultant, and Webmaster:
08/99 – present
Providing computer skills training to individuals in the local area. Creating and maintaining a personal website ( providing Spanish lessons and German folksongs via the internet. Construction of various websites for private individuals and businesses. Providing private instruction to individuals and businesses needing to learn Spanish. Provide translation of documents and websites.
Instructor, German and Spanish, Shasta College, Redding, CA.
08/86 – 06/99
Full-time instructor for German and Spanish. Responsible to develop and provide all materials for the classroom. Taught first three levels (six semesters) of the target languages, as well as independent study levels for advanced German students. Developed curricula, implemented innovative foreign language teaching methodologies. Coordinated with Foothill-Dianza College to enroll German students in work program (internship) in Germany. Supervised student assistants. Visited local classrooms (K-12) with accordion program, to promote foreign language study and awareness.
Editor, Technical Production Department, American Educational Complex, Killeen, TX.
04/85 – 07-86
Edit and evaluate responsiveness of technical proposals for submission to Government contracting agencies and foreign contracting agencies. Study and evaluate Government solicitations for assurance that the various entities of theAmerican Educational Complex (Central Texas College, American Technical Institute, American Preparatory Institute, and the Research Institute for Advanced Technology) were capable of providing the requested services. Other duties included writing technical proposals; revisin, as needed; translating proposals, attachments, educational materials, and technical documents from English to Spanish, and vice versa; actual printing and production of technical proposals; word-processing; meeting deadlines for proposal input, revision, and printing; exercising knowledge and understanding of US military programs.
Adjunct Instructor, Central Texas College, Killeen, TX.
08/84 – 05/86
Taught university level courses: beginning German and Spanish. Teaching load included classes in a Women’s Maximum Security Prison in Gatesville, TX, at Fort Hood (Headstart & Gateway Programs), as well as with traditional students on-campus.
Manager, Waldenbooks #743, Temple, TX.
04/82– 06/84
Managed all store functions including employment, evaluation, training, supervision, and retention of employees; inventory ordering, receipt, check-in, stocking, sales, returns, and control; adherence to company policies regarding banking, reporting, customer relations, and advertising; and maintained responsibility for $350,000.00 in merchandise.
Adjunct Instructor, Temple Junior College, Temple, TX.
01/80 – 05/83
Taught Community Education classes: Survival Spanish, Spanish for Hospital Personnel, Business Spanish.
Assistant to the Director of Financial Aids and Placement, Temple Junior College, Temple, TX.
06/79 – 08/81
Employed as Acting-Director, as the Director was on sabbatical. Disbursed funds under local, state, and federal financial aid programs, in accordance with respective regulations. Assisted students in application procedures, need evaluation, and with appropriate funding. Maintained documents for federal audit. Employed all work-study students throughout my term in this position. Filled out and submitted formal federal applications for funding. Disbursed more than $750,000.00 per year. Provided student orientation sessions, informing students concerning available financial aid. Travelled to various schools within the Central Texas area to recruit new students.
Teacher, HeadStart Program, Killeen, TX
10/78 – 05/79
Planned, developed and built the HeadStart Center in Killeen, TX. Purchased and installed equipment for center, assembled playground equipment, office equipment, kitchen, and classrooms. Taught twenty 4-year-olds from underprivileged backgrounds. Recruited children from impoverished neighborhoods through Killeen: assisted in providing health services, personal hygienic care, nutritional instruction, and basic physical development. Assisted parents to locate, apply for, and receive additional aid necessary for the well-being of their children from various available Government resources. Supervised a staff of twelve, including teachers, assistants, kitchen workers, and aides.
Computer skills: include assembly, operation and maintenance of PC, as well as using a MAC. Familiar with DOS, Windows 3.11 through Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The following programs represent some of those I have tested, evaluated, and/or used.
Word-Processing & Presentation Programs: Lotus, Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Microsoft Works, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Premier, Macromedia, TextPad, WordPad, NotePad, PowerPoint. Excellent familiarity with use of various languages and foreign keyboard layouts.
Graphics Programs: Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Fractal Design, Kai’s Power Tools, Kai’s Power Goo, Fontographer, Microangelo, ACDSee, GIF animator, Anime, 3-D animator, PicaView, VuePro, MS Gif-animator.
Audio & MIDI Programs: Cakewalk Pro, Finale, DartPro, DrumsPro, Fast Eddie, Encore, GoldWave, RealAudio Encoder, SawPlus, Sound Forge, WaveLab, Stomper, Winamp, Shockwave, CoolEdit.
Utility Programs: MultiLaunch, WinZip, WinRAR, WinARJ, Pkzip, Slicer, Ripper, File Renamer, AntiVirus (Norton, McAffee).
Internet Programs: MIRC, ICQ, Netscape, Internet Explorer, WS-FTP, Gnutella, PhoneFree, Outlook Express, NetMeeting, Creative Phone, ServeU FTP.
Hardware Installation: Sound cards, Scanners, Printers, Floppy Drives, CD players, CD burners, Zip Drive, Hard Drive, Microphone, Amplifier, Stereo connectors, MIDI input-output, MIDI devices (Roland synthesizers), Modem, DSL splitter.
Webmaster for Have developed and maintain an internet website for the purpose of providing a melange of language-learning resources, including free foreign language lessons and music files (folksongs). Currently, only Spanish lessons are available. The German lessons are in revision, and will eventually be re-entered. Tested programs (as listed below), learned HTML, audio recording and manipulation, MIDI instrument interface with computer, developed lessons, created graphics, built repoire with advertisers, and provide links to well-researched sites of value to foreign language study. Links to this site are maintained by: AATG (American Association of Teachers of German),, the University of Alberta, the German Way, Teaching with the Web, Resources on Internet, Mount Holyoke College, PZM Freifach Internet, Links für den Unterricht,, Internet Public Library, Hispavista Guide, Colonel Craig’s WWW links, Bob Shea’s German Music Pages, cti German Language Sites,, … and many more. The website has been mentioned in National Geographic Travel Magazine, Berliner Morgenpost, The Record Searchight (Redding Newspaper), and various Language Association journals.
English Native language skills.
Spanish Native language skills.
German Formal studies since 1970. Fluent in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension.
French *Since 1972. Fluent in reading, speaking, and comprehension. Still have difficulty with writing French. Eight visits to France.
Russian *Since 1970. Very good reading, speaking, and comprehension skills. Writing is difficult.
Dutch *Since 1977. Very good reading, speaking, and comprehension skills. Have rarely written Dutch. Three visits to Holland.
Italian *Since 1983. Very good reading, speaking, and comprehension skills. Good writing skills. Three visits to Italy.
Japanese Formal study, Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Germany; minimal speaking, minimal reading, minimal writing, and some comprehension.
*Implies immersion: constant usage when travelling abroad, constant reading and grammar study, and exercise whenever possible.
1977-78 was awarded Fullbright and DAAD scholarships for year of study abroad. Declined Fullbright.
Teaching Assistantships at SWTSU (1974-1977).
Board of Regents Scholarship for undergraduate study, SWTSU.
Music Scholarships for undergraduate study, Baylor University.
Music Scholarship for Graduate study, SWTSU.
AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) Website of the Month, 1997.
Doktor Faustus Award, (1997), for promotion of German on the internet.
Kickapoo High School Award of Excellence, (1998) for providing superior information on the web regarding German studies.
StudyWeb, (1999), for providing “one of the finest informative sites on the web.”
SchoolZone, UK, (2000), 5 Star rating for an outstanding educational site., (2000), for providing information of the highest quality standards.
Schoolsnet, (2001), for learning and teaching resources in the net.
California Foreign Language Teachers Association (CFLTA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
South-West Conference On Language Teaching (SWCOLT)
Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC)
American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
California Teachers Association (CTA)
American Translator’s Association (ATA)
Study Abroad and Travel:
Have travelled to various countries for immersion and exposure, engaging myself in conversation whenever and wherever possible.
Countries include: Germany (East and West, before and after reunification), France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Switzerland, Andorra, Czechoslovakia, Austria, England, Lichtenstein, Holland, Belgium, Canada, Yugoslavia, and Mexico.
President, Faculty Association, Shasta College (1988-89)
Affirmative Action Committee
Curriculum Council
Tenure Review Committee
President's Council
Accordion performances at Civic Center in Temple, TX, for Cinco de Mayo.
Accordion performances at Retirement Homes in Belton and Temple, TX, voluntary.
Accordion performances for local Neighborhood Watch gatherings, in Salado and Heidenheimer, TX.
Accordion performances for Police Summer Safety Program (National Night Out).
Music and Language presentations: Red Bluff ISD, Anderson ISD, Belton ISD, Redding ISD, Central Valley ISD, Chico State University, Killeen ISD, and with the 2nd Armored Division Band, Fort Hood, TX.
Accordion performances with local German choral group Edelweis, including Oktoberfest at Red Bluff Civic Center.