I completed my B.A. in Comparative Literature at Barnard College in 2005. As a graduate student at the University of Virginia, I discovered my love of teaching. I earned my M.A. in Spanish in 2007.
During my teaching career, I have taught a variety of language classes as well as courses on Latin American film and literary analysis.
I have spent my entire professional career in education in great part motivated by the mentoring that I received in college through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which seeks to increase faculty diversity in institutions of higher learning. Peers and faculty members encouraged me to pursue my passion for public service through a career in academia.
I gained experience in student affairs and teacher development through my work as Interim Director of the Spanish and Italian Language Programs at the University of Virginia. As I served in this position, I regularly interacted with students, teachers, and members of the administration to help manage matters related to evaluating student progress, developing course materials, and mentoring new instructors.
I traveled often to Chile as a child to visit family. In college, I participated in a summer study abroad program in Cuzco, Perú.