I am an Albuquerque native, and a graduate of Rio Rancho high school. My first fascination with language was hearing my maternal grandmother speak Italian to her relatives on the phone, and my mother retelling stories of her childhood visits to Italy. Entire other worlds existed from mine, and I’ve spend the past 30 years exploring them, first through my voracious love of literature, and then by traveling as much as I could manage through my twenties. I attended Spanish language schools in Buenos Aires, the Patagonian region, and in the mountains of Guatemala, and my love for teaching was born in 2008-2009 when I accepted a job teaching English abroad in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China. I have Bachelor’s degrees in Creative Writing and in Women’s Studies, (2007) and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education (2011) with endorsements in Bilingual Education and TESOL. I have two wonderful children, Anahi Paz (2012) and Asher (2017), and a kind and pun-loving husband. I have 7 years experience teaching 3rd and 4th grade in the public schools, but most recently have chosen to stay at home since my son was born. My hobbies include: sewing and making toys, swimming, gardening and urban animal husbandry, cooking and day-tripping with my family. I am excited to become a part of the NMIS family, and to facilitate discovery, impart curiosity, and read some really great books.