1. What is one item on your bucket list? Why?
Machu Picchu. I just have to make it there someday, and I believe in my heart that I will. I am so fascinated by all of the mysteries behind the ruins and knowledge of this ancient civilization.
2. What book are you currently reading?
Inés del alma mia by Isabel Allende. Reading novelas in Spanish is one of my favorite pastimes. This one is a beautiful memoir of a woman looking back on her life.
3. Who is your mentor?
I have been lucky to have had many wonderful mentors at different times of my life. I had an incredible French professor in college who pushed me and encouraged me during my first years and became a trusted advocate and friend by the time I graduated. I’ll never forget the experience I had traveling with her through France and learning first-hand a lot of what she taught us in the classroom. My biggest mentor throughout my entire life though, was definitely my grandfather who passed away a few years ago. His words of wisdom are still very present in my mind and often come in handy. There are still times I wish I could ask him for advice.
4. What would your superpower be?
I would want to be omnilingual. I believe that when you understand another language and culture, you adopt a new way of thinking and I’d love to be able to understand everyone in the world’s way of thinking. I also love the deep and meaningful connections you make when you speak a foreign language with a native speaker. It’s a wonderful thing.
5. Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?
That is a very hard question. I have been fortunate and have traveled to many places. I’m torn between two; France and Guatemala. I have family in Guatemala so traveling there is like going to a home away from home, just a little more rural and tropical. However, Mont Saint Michel, Normandy in the gulf of Saint-Malo, France is definitely the most breathtaking and beautiful place I have ever been. I love meandering through the medieval village as you make the steep climb up to the very top of the abbey on this secluded island where you stop and take in the magnificent view of the French countryside and the bay. I remember being overcome with an overwhelming sense of peace both times I visited there. I’d love to go back!
6. If you could do any job for just one day what would it be?
When I was younger my dream was to be a multilingual interpreter for tours and travel groups. I imagined myself traveling to exotic places and serving as a multilingual guide for tourists. So that would be my dream job for a day.
7. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I am learning Russian. I have been for several months now. It is thanks to some of the wonderful families here at Meadowbrook that have inspired me and provided me with awesome books and videos to be able to study this beautiful and incredibly complicated language. I think it’s a good thing to be in the same position as my students and remember what it is like to be a learner in the field I am teaching and not only the teacher.
8. What is your favorite thing about Meadowbrook?
Wow, I love so many things about Meadowbrook it is hard to choose just one. I think what I love most having been a student, a teacher and now also a parent at this wonderful school is that there is always something to look forward to. It’s the passion of the amazing faculty and staff that keep such incredible traditions alive; while also introducing new endeavors that make learning so exciting for the entire community.