I was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to the Miami, Florida when I was just 17 months old. Like my students, I am bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish. I was blessed to have been raised by amazing parents who despite having limited English proficiency, understood the value of high academic achievement and continually challenged me to take risks and work to potential. Although I spoke only Spanish until I entered kindergarten, I was fully proficient in English by the first grade and therefore, can relate well to my students and the language challenges they face in learning English and/or Spanish. My experience growing up made me keenly aware of the language acquisition process and the challenges that come with it.
I began my teaching career in 1996 as a Business Education Teacher at Alleghany High School in Sparta, North Carolina. In 2012, I entered the ESL field when I joined Mooresville Graded School District as their Secondary ESL Teacher. As of August 2017, I returned to Oaklawn Language Academy, a CMS school, where I had previously served as CTE Business Education teacher and am currently serving as Middle School Academic Facilitator.
My husband, Mario, and I are the proud parents of two amazing children now in 6th and 9th grade.