My Road So Far… in a Nutshell

Born in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina, I’m a city girl through and through. I’m also completely obsessed with education and traveling. 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 five years (2011-2016), 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 Mindfulness, Creativity and Brain-based Education.

On a more personal note: City girl meets country boy… and here we are, somewhere in-between with Abby, our beautiful yellow Lab, who changed our lives forever in April of 2014.