I grew up in the Central Valley of California, but moved to the Silicon Valley in 2001. We moved back to the Sacramento area from San Jose in the middle of 2018. This is my second year teaching at CHS.
My B.A. is in Spanish, and my M.A. is in linguistics. I teach Spanish from the perspective of a linguist, a speech 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.
Some of my research interests are: Spanish phonetics and phonology, language identity and motivation, language anxiety, regional dialect comparisons (English, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Assyrian), and the science of Speech Technology (Siri, Hey Google, Alexa, Bixby, etc)