I am passionate about human rights, the ocean, languages, and foreign policy.
Learning a new language opens one’s mind to new experiences. I strive to provide my students with the Spanish and cultural skills necessary for employment, studies, and life in the Spanish-speaking world. With content-based instruction I guide and motivate students to pursue their academic and professional interests in Spanish. This is so exciting and gratifying because my students often find jobs, internships, and fellowships in Spanish-speaking countries.
I have completed postgraduate studies in didactics and linguistics in the Spanish Basque Country. I currently teach content-based Spanish language classes related to social justice, history, Latin American history, US-Latin American policy, international trade, economics, and international relations. I learned to speak Spanish and Basque fluently while living in Spain and teaching ESL(English as a Second Language). Because of my strong belief in both grammar fundamentals and immersion, I also lived and worked in Puerto Rico and Chile--where my love for the ocean and Spanish combined beautifully.
Graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in May 2012
Taught as a Spanish TA at MIIS 2012
Became a Spanish Professor at MIIS in 2013
Surfed Waimea Bay, Hawaii, March 2014
Monterey Institute of International Studies, Custom Language Services: English and Spanish Instructor. Winter 2014-Present
Monterey Institute of International Studies. Summer Intensive Language Program: Tutor and Activity Guide. Summer 2013
Monterey Institute of International Studies. Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education: Spanish TA. 2012
American Translator’s Association: Spanish-English Translator and Interpreter. 2005-2010.
Home School Instructor. 9th Grade, Bilingual Education. Isabela, Puerto Rico. 2007.
Elduaien Language Academy: Professor of English Language. San Sebastián, Spain. 2004-2006.
Colegio Erain: Professor of English Language and Spanish Literature. Irún, Spain. 2003.
2012 The Monterey Institute of International Studies: M.A., International Policy Studies.
2005 The University of the Basque Country: Psicodidáctica de la lengua y la literatura.
2002 University of California, San Diego, B.A., English and Spanish Literature.
1998 Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Jesuit College Preparatory.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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▹ indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]
SPLA 8216 - Latin America & Its People
Fall 2014 - MIIS
SPLA 8291 - EvolvngSoc-HispanicCountries
Fall 2013 - MIIS
SPLA 8292 - Topics in the HispanicWorld II
Spring 2014 - MIIS