My Road So Far… in a Nutshell

I was born in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1962. In 1988, I graduated as a teacher of English at the Profesorado Superior Joaquín V. González. A few years after my graduation, I specialized in Pedagogy and Foreign-Language Methodology under the guidance and supervision of Prof. Ana María Armendáriz. In that field, my emphasis has always been on teacher development through reflective practices, life-long learning and collaboration with colleagues across disciplines and geographical locations. I served as a Methodology Teaching Assistant at Joaquín V. González (1991-1997) and a Methodology lecturer at the Profesorado del Sagrado Corazón (1999-2002) in Buenos Aires. During all those years (1991-2001), I presented at several Language Teaching Conferences in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, and I led teacher workshops at my own studio, the Creative Learning Center in Buenos Aires.

In 2002, I made a decision that would change my life completely since it took me all the way to the United States, where I became a Spanish teacher at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. I then completed my M.A. in Foreign Languages at George Mason University, followed by a Ph.D. in Early-Modern Spanish Literature at the Catholic University of America with a focus on “picaresca” or the rogue novel. These two professional fields might seem to be disconnected, but they are not. They both reflect my humanist approach to life and my belief in a more just and equitable society, which I humbly endeavor to make, one student at a time.

After teaching Spanish full-time at George Mason University for the last five years, I am now dedicated to the English language education of ESL students at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. I am also a free-lance Educational Consultant specialized in topics such as Creativity, and Brain-based Education.

2016 Buenos Aires Creativity Seminar for Language Educators

Final Buenos Aires 2016

On March 12, I had the pleasure and honor to facilitate a Creativity and Brain-Based Learning Seminar based on Neuroscience Research for language educators in Argentina. The audience was made up of teachers, instructors, and directors, who filled the room with ideas and laughter during four hours. Their synergy certainly created magic that day. Thank you, Macarena Coll, for hosting the event at your beautiful Creative English Institute. Thank you, Graciela Benito, for the professional photographs that captured even the smallest of details. Thank you, my dear colleagues, for your trust, dedication, your sense of humor, and enthusiasm. I hope our paths cross again soon. In the meantime, keep creating and sharing. I’d love to hear how you have been using these concepts and materials since we met.