I was born and grew up in Campeche, Mexico. I came to the U.S. with my husband Enrique following a pastoral call he had from a church in Texas, where we served for 7 years, and our two older children were born.
My educational background includes a degree from the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX and in Religious Education from the Children Ministries Institute in Warrenton, MO. I have been involved in the field of education since 1999, serving in different positions in both public and private schools, mainly in Spanish Immersion programs. My passion for teaching my language was the big motivator to go back to college, and I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with a B.A. in Spanish Education. Currently, I am working toward certification in the English as a New Language (ENL) graduate program through Notre Dame University.
One of my biggest rewards as a teacher is seeing how my students successfully progress in language acquisition, and I have definitely realized that the younger the brain, the better they learn. I truly believe that learning a new language is both a challenge and a blessing; however, I’m a firm believer that every child has the potential to learn–it doesn’t matter their abilities or disabilities. I’m very excited about being part of the staff of HC this year because this institution has been an important part of academic and faith formation for our family for several years. Sam and Betsy, our two older children received their entire education at HC, and Raphie, our youngest son, is currently in the 8th grade.
My favorite Bible verse is Luke 2:52, “and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men,”–and we are not different. Each child/person also needs to grow intellectually, physically and spiritually. We always taught this to our own children.
Some of my hobbies are walking, biking, and traveling with the family, as well as reading and listening to classical music. I’m looking forward to meeting my students and their families and seeing how the Lord is going to guide us in this new venture!