I am from Denver and attended all DPS schools, some in bilingual classes, up until I graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. I discovered my love of other cultures and languages during annual trips to Tijuana with my grandma, as well as during a trip with the Colorado Honor Band to Germany and Austria where I played percussion for multiple music festivals and competitions. During high school I spent a summer living in Nice, France, and traveling around Spain and Italy. It was a great time in language development for me. After high school, I studied civil engineering for five years at Santa Clara University and eventually moved back to Denver to pursue my real passion: languages and teaching. I graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a double major in Spanish and French and soon thereafter completed my teaching licensure for teaching foreign language, with added endorsements in elementary education and culturally and linguistically diverse education.
On a more personal note, I love spending time with my family, friends, and pets. I love to travel, cook, watch the latest movies, learn new languages, and spend time encouraging and enriching the lives of youth.