I was born and raised in Colombia, South America and I am the middle child of three. I attended all girl Catholic school run by nuns until I was in college. I attended the University of Pamplona in Colombia, where I got my B.A. is Spanish, Literature and French. Later, I got my M.A. in Applied Educational Research in the University of Santo Tomas in Bucaramanga, Colombia. I married and moved to the U.S. in the 1980s and got my second M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature in Marquette University. I have been teaching at Marquette since 1994. I have taught a variety of levels of Spanish such as the beginner’s level as well as the intermediate courses on conversation and composition. I have also collaborated in the translation of various children’s books from English into Spanish.
My favorite areas of Spanish are especially linguistics, literature and culture. I am also interested in philology. I served as coordinator of the Spanish 010 course from 1997 to 2000. I love to teach and I love being able to meet students. One of my biggest goals in teaching is to dispel and fight stereotypes in general, but more specifically those that deal with Spanish speakers. I think it is a valuable lesson to learn from Spanish classes.
I am married and I have a daughter in her twenties. In addition to teaching, some of the things I like to do for fun are spend time with my family, read good novels in English or Spanish, cook and travel. I also like to participate in the various community service activities done by Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society.