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Born in Havana, Cuba, I lived there until the age of three. Spanish is my first language, since it was spoken at home. I learned English in kindergarten in southern Illinois, where my family eventually settled after spending a year in New York City and another in Silver Spring, Maryland. I am a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. I spent my junior year of college at Loyola University in Rome, Italy. I am married and have three adult daughters plus a dog. Our children are graduates of St. Mary School and Trinity High School. I have been working at St. Mary as a Spanish teacher since the inception of the Spanish program in 2001. I divide my days between St. Mary School and another school in Lombard. I have also taught Spanish several summers at Trinity High School. Lastly, I tutor students in Spanish from preschool through college and well into adulthood.