I was born in Mexico City, raised in East
Los Angeles, and came of age in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a B.A. in
Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in English (TESOL emphasis) from San
Francisco State University, I embarked on a career change which eventually brought me to
Cuyamaca College and Southern California. Before I entered the teaching profession,
I worked as a Public Information Officer, Spanish language Tour Guide, and Managing Editor
of a bilingual weekly in Oakland, California.
Interests, Activities, &
I am fascinated with bilingualism, language
acquisition and understanding the social forces that impact language maintenance and
language loss. I love Latin music, foreign travel, Napa chardonnay and spending an
afternoon at the movies with a giant tub of popcorn (not necessarily in that order).
I definitely believe in the concept of lifelong learning; as such, I plan to
continue with postgraduate studies, hopefully complete a Ph.D. in sociolinguistics.