What is your background and education?
I have been teaching since my last year in high school. Yes, I taught English to my classmates in Colombia, South America, when I was a teenager, before moving to the United States to study abroad (Media Arts and Journalism at New Jersey City University). I graduated and worked in news for several television channels until the industry was revolutionized by cable. Then, in 1996, I started working for the New York City Board of Education as a teacher of Spanish while obtaining a Master’s degree in Urban Education, with bilingual and ESL (ELL) concentration, and later a second Master’s in Spanish Culture and Literature from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Learning is a passion of mine; therefore, I have over 30 credits in Special Education above the Master’s degrees.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is listening to my students, and discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. Children have taught me to open my mind and my heart to the joys, the innocence, and the diversity of ideas in the world. Because of this, may I never forget how to smile with the new, cherish the old, and laugh with the children.