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  • M.A Spanish Literature and Linguistics, University of Illinois, Chicago (1985)
  • Honors B.A Spanish & Psychology, York University Toronto, Canada (1981)
  • Junior Year Abroad, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (1980)
Academic Experience


Spanish Instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College (2002 - present)
Spanish teacher, St. Ignatius College Prep, San Francisco (1989-95)
Adjunct Professor in Spanish, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley(1991-94)
Spanish teacher, St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago (1986-1989)
Lecturer in Spanish, University of Illinois (1982-1985)


Native of Lima, Peru
Languages: Spanish, English, Italian, Hebrew
Professional Areas of Interest

Human rights & multi-cultural education.
Peace and social movements. 
World literature and cinema 
Art, poetry, mythology and oral traditions of indigenous cultures of the Americas.
Ecology and conservation.
World languages, travel and cross-cultural relations.

Professional Involvement and Community Service

Prison University Project (volunteer)
SRJC Arts and Lectures (committee member)
Concurso Literario "Arte y Esperanza" Lima, Peru (member selection jury)

Buscar una cosa         
       es siempre encontrar otra         
       así para hallar algo         
       hay que buscar lo que no es.         
       Buscar al pájaro para encontrar a la rosa         
       buscar el amor para descubrir el olvido         
       buscar el silencio para hallar la palabra,         
       en ella la clave del camino.         
       Siempre se llega         
       pero a otra parte.        
Presentations and Publications

"Barefoot Faces" Conversations, Boston University 1992
"Listening to the Children's Voices" Genesis magazine, 1991
"Struggling to Return:The Journey of Salvadoran Refugees" Basta magazine
"Economic Rights" Amnesty International Educators Manual, 1995
Seminars and Presentations
"Granting Dignity, Voice and Visibility to Other Cultures", Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA 2003
"Critical Thinking and Social Justice in the Foreign Language Classrooom", CLTA Conference
"Exploring Human Rights in the Classroom", Amnesty International Regional Conference
"El Salvador and the Poetry of Resistance", GTU, Berkeley

Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, SRJC Alumni and Friends 2012
  • Lin Grant for Excellence in Teaching, SI College Prep 1996
  • Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995
  • Fellowship Award for Foreign Language Teachers, Rockefeller Foundation 1992