Ms. Furphy

Phone: 352-671-4900


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish) from Indiana University M.Ed. in Education, Leadership and Emerging Technology from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Ms. Furphy

      Hello, my name is Wendy Furphy.  I entered the Teaching profession in 2007 and came to Vanguard in 2009.  This school year, 2019-2020, I will be teaching Pre-IB Spanish 1 & traditional Spanish 1.  I am not just a teacher here at Vanguard, I also coach Vanguard's Girl's Bowling team, and I am the sponsor of 2 clubs; the Gay Straight Alliance and Spanish Club.   

      I have completed 3 different study abroad programs living in Uruguay, Brazil and Spain.  I spent 6 months of my junior year of high school in Montevideo, Uruguay.  I went to a private school in Uruguay and lived with a host family.  During the summer after my sophomore year of college, I went to Fortaleza, Brazil for a summer to learn Portuguese and lived with a family.  I also spent a year in Madrid, Spain studying at La Universidad Complutense de Madrid, I rented an apartment and lived with 5 other women.  I studied morphology (how language changes) and Spanish dialectology. I love languages and learning! I graduated in 2000 with my degree in Spanish from Indiana University at Fort Wayne. In 2013, I made the decision to get my Master's degree in Education, Leadership and Emerging Technology from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.

      My interests include traveling, reading, playing with my fids (feathered/furry kids pictured), board/card games, bowling and spending time with my family. I love to travel and experience new cultures.  I bring out this love of traveling in my classroom and I encourage all of my students to take the time to travel and explore the world.  I have traveled to 30 countries and 4 continents. My travel goals include visiting all 7 continents and visiting as many countries as years I have been on Earth (I am a bit behind, but I plan to catch up in the next few years.). I read everything, and I do mean everything!  I love to bowl, please don't confuse my love of the sport with me being any good at it!  

     I have three fids(feathered/furry kids); a chocolate lab named Teagan, a yellow lab named Cami, and an African Grey Parrot named Kota.  I love my pets as if they were my children and I talk about them all the time.   

     I have 11 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 year old to 22 years old!  I will talk about my grandkids just like I talk about my fids. 

“Poison,” said Sherlock Holmes curtly, and strode off. “One more thing, Lestrade, ‘Rache’ is the German for ‘revenge’; so don’t lose your time looking for Miss Rachel.” - Sherlock Holmes