Sharon Ahern Fechter, Ph.D., is Professor of Spanish and was the former chair of the department of World Languages and Philosophy at Montgomery College. She is currently the Interim Dean of Humanities. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University and her M.A. and B.A. from The Catholic University of America.
Dr. Fechter was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Two-Year Colleges by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). She is an associate editor for the refereed journal Hispania and has served on the Executive Council of the AATSP, on the Montgomery County Public Schools Foreign Language Curriculum Advisory Committee, and is an active member of numerous professional organizations. She previously served as Director of Inter-Institutional Collaboration for Project 2001 at Middlebury College, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to foster the innovative use of instructional technologies in foreign language education. She has presented and published on numerous topics dealing with foreign language pedagogy, literature, distance education, and international education. She is co-author of the textbook for advanced beginners, "Paso adelante," co-author of the laboratory manual for ¡En directo! and author of the online task-based activities for ¡Arriba!.