Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, New York, San Francisco and Spain, I've lived and worked in Venezuela and Spain. I began teaching in Berkeley and for the past 28 years have taught at Middle, High and Adult School in Alameda. I've worked at an International School in Caracas, Oxford University Press and presented to Professors at Colleges and Universities throughout Venezuela, and teachers in L.A. and the San Jose Bay Area.
My experience in Education encompasses work as a Video producer, a BCC Specialist for a Title VII program, a Mentor Teacher, an ELD Coordinator at AUSD's High and Middle School levels , an Information Officer at the Aussie Embassy and Educational Director for Oxford University Press in Venezuela. Wearing many hats, I am a simultaneous Translator for SPED, a published author through Addison Wesley & McLanahan in NY and have also done curriculum voice-overs for Bioluminescent Video in S.F.
It is important to create a non-threatening classroom environment filled with enhancing experiences of meaningful content for students to do their personal best Language learning. I strive to constantly engage all my students in the learning of a second/third Language and to grow personally and expand their communication and learning as knowledgeable and responsible bilingual citizens of the world. I am a true believer in Language Development opening the many doors to the world. We have a saying en Español: ¡Siempre pa'lante- Nunca pa' atrás!- Google it!
My family fills my life and I love sharing with them my many experiences; to travel, help the needy, swim, camp, read, dance, bike, garden and enhance personal environments. We love attending plays, music venues, hiking in nature, beaches and we're dog and bird lovers. I make time to swim, do yoga, meditate and take long walks. I'm an environmentalist and enjoy writing and telling short stories, poetry, and watching good movies in French, Spanish, Italian and English. I love spending time with family and friends world-wide.