I grew up in the Central Valley of California, but moved to the Silicon Valley in 2001. My family and I left the Bay Area for Sacramento in 2018. My B.A. is in Spanish (UCDavis, 1993), and my M.A. is in linguistics (SJSU, 2017). I teach Spanish from the perspective of a linguist, (a language scientist). Linguists consider language from many angles: sounds, thoughts, meaning, intention, and emotional state. All of these things matter in learning to communicate in a new language. I've been teaching and coaching off and on since the mid 90s. This is my second year teaching at CHS.
Some of my research interests are: Spanish phonetics and phonology, language identity and motivation, language anxiety, regional dialect comparisons, and the science of Speech Technology (Siri, Hey Google, Alexa, Bixby, etc).