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, 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 Gender-Sexuality Alliance and Spanish Club.   

      My Spanish background is very varied.  I learned in school, through study aboroad programs and by Spanish media.  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. In 2013, I completed my Master's degree in Education, Leadership and Emerging Technology from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.

       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.).

        In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends.  Much of my time is spent keeping track of my 9 grandchildren and taking care of my two labradors, Cami and Teagan.  My favorite daily activity is snuggling with my dogs and reading a good book. I love to bowl, please don't confuse my love of the sport with me being any good at it! 

       I want to say thank you for being in my class and I know we will have a great year. Please feel free to come and see me if you need help or have any questions. I am your teacher and I am here to be your support as you explore and begin your journey with Spanish.