I’m a fan of curiosity, learning, creativity and imagination. I like how Mr. Rogers puts it, “Did you ever grow anything in the garden of mind? You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind. It’s good to be curious about many things. You can think about things in make believe; all you have to do is think and they’ll grow.”
I’m far from being the target-audience of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, but I’m a fan of growing ideas in the garden of my mind. I hope to use this virtual space to share the ideas from my garden and others’ gardens in the hope that our conversation continues!
Currently I live in Bogotá, Colombia where I’ve been living since January of 2014. I’m an experienced, enthusiastic and creative English as Foreign Language Teacher with a CELTA qualification (Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults).
Traveling and learning about different people is my passion. I was fortunate to travel to Europe and Southeast Asia as a child. Traveling at such a young age with such an impressionable mind planted a seed to open my worldview and curiosity about other people. That curiosity was what interested me in learning Spanish when I was in high school: learning a language is not just grammar and verb conjugations; when you learn a language you learn the people and their culture, too. After just a year of Spanish, I signed up to go to Costa Rica with my high school’s Spanish Club and immediately saw some connections between culture and language. Three years later I spent a summer intensively studying Spanish in Granada, Spain and then spent my fourth year of college in Barcelona.
Spanish is my passion, but communication is my academic study. What is communication, exactly? How do we transfer ideas between one another, and why? How do we most effectively communication across cultural and linguistic barriers? In what way does one’s mother language and/or additional languages affect one’s communication? These are all fascinating questions with multiple answers.
Fortunately, I’m lucky enough to have a job that involves both my academic studies and my passion for getting to know other cultures. During my years teaching Spanish and English, I’ve had more than 300 successful students. They’ve learned from me, and I’ve learned from them.