I am a native of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert and a Fronteriza (from the border) who has lived on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border in the twin cities of Nogales. An active member of the band throughout most of my childhood, my love and appreciation for the arts have been ingrained in me through my learned (past) talent of music. I completed my Bachelor’s at the University of Arizona, Master’s at Middlebury College in Spain where my love for teaching was rekindled with 3rd graders in a tiny town in Spain who were excited to learn English. I first set out to join education as a college professor and started my Ph.D. at the University of Arizona choosing to do it in Spanish with a Border Studies focus. But a two year break teaching at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut made me change my mind after teaching my wonderful students who made me realize that I was truly a high school teacher. In order to lead by example, I returned to the University of Arizona to finish my doctoral degree and my students, past and future, were a strong motivation for me in the completion of my doctoral degree in 2014. I rejoined the public school system in Chandler, Arizona where I taught at BASIS Chandler for two years and then moved to Denver where I have settled and am starting my fourth year at our school, NCAS. I have taught Spanish at the middle school, high school, college, and university levels for over 13 years and have loved every minute of it. I am starting my fourth year at NCAS as the teacher of Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish Language Arts 1, 2, 3 and AP Spanish for grades 9-12th at NCAS and I am part of the District’s Spanish Language Arts Curriculum and Leadership Team. ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!