Lois O'Malley

Lois O
Spanish Professor
Phone 620-327-8330
Office Kropf Center

Affiliated Departments or Programs


  • B.S.Ed., Pittsburg (Kan.) State University
  • M.S.Ed., Pittsburg State University
  • M.A., pastoral studies, Loyola University (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Graduate certificate in spiritual direction and retreats, Creighton University (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Ph.D., curriculum and instruction, Kansas State University (Manhattan)

Personal Statement

One of my greatest joys as a teacher happens when the student finally ‘gets it’ and they are able to continue to learn in order to communicate with a person who speaks a different language and has a different culture but ultimately is simply a member of God’s family.

Professional Affiliations

Current member of Kansas World Language Association
  • Member of the World Language Advisory Council for KSDE, January 2009-12
  • Member of CSC Leadership Class for Foreign Languages
  • Member of the CSC Advisory Council
  • Member of the KISS-FL committee that wrote the teacher training manual and developed teacher training workshops
  • Member of the committee that wrote the Kansas Foreign Language Standards
  • Member of the KFLA Executive Council for 4 years, serving as President for 2
  • Participant in Foreign Language Conferences—KFLA, CSC, ACTFL
  • Presenter at KFLA—several years—modern language standards, integrated assessment, differentiated learning, and classroom teaching techniques
  • Reviewer of articles for the CSC Report

Courses Taught

  • Span 101/102 Elementary Spanish I/II
  • Span 201/202 Intermediate Spanish I/II

In Addition …

What about teaching energizes you?

I really love working with young people and helping them move out of their isolation and expand their horizons, their world.

What are your favorite courses to teach?

I really enjoy teaching Spanish 1 and 2. I love to see the students’ confidence and abilities grow as they learn to communicate with someone who speaks a language other than English.

How has your background and educational experience shaped you as a teacher?

Every time I travel to a Spanish-speaking country or visit with Spanish-speaking family in this country I realize that we are much more alike than different. They have many struggles trying to provide a better life for their families. It motivates me to help support them, especially in their struggles with the immigration obstacles in this country.

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