I have a PhD in English Language and Literature by the University of Barcelona, a BA in Drama by the University Politécnica of Barcelona and a BA in History by the University A utónoma of Barcelona. I hve taught English, French and Spanish in different language schools such as Assimil in Barcelona ad the Oxford School of English in London, where I was teaching one on one classes. For 8 years I was a tenured track professor of ESL at the University Autónoma of Barcelona. I have taught English, American, Spanish and World Literature at the University de las A, Americas in Mexico and Theatre Arts (Voice, Speech, Acting, Scene Analysis, and others at the University Autonoma of Puebla in Mexico and at the United World College in USA. I have given workshops for important institutions such as Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and many others. I have tutored people on all my subjects, and have helped student actors to create shows from scratch.
My teaching philosophy is very “Socratic”, in the sense that I do not think that knowledge is a commodity passed from teacher to student but rather the ability of the teacher to act a s a facilitator of the self-questioning of the student – and vice-versa, for indeed the questions the student comes up with resonate and develop further questions for him-herself and the teacher – that helps him-her discover his-her learning process about diverse subjects.
This learning process should ideally take place in the body, emotions, mind and spirit of the learners (both teacher and student).
Teaching is an interaction where generosity and truthfulness are the key factors for both participants if the experience has to be worth the effort.
The personal knowledge and experience the teacher has about the subjects/issues she wants to share and communicate must enable her to resort to a flexibility of criteria that will serve the diverse needs of the students. Rather than deciding on which method is “best”, she will realize - like an actor on stage, that does not use a “method” but rather works from all that she has learned - that teaching is a “live performance” that needs to be lived in the present.
I have taught for many years, and continue to enjoy teaching diverse subjects to all kinds of people, from different ages, social and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, ethnic origins, and abilities and disabilities. I enjoy it deeply, because I believe that teaching is a commitment to working for and with diverse communities and individuals and learning from them on a basis of mutual respect.
University of Barcelona - PhD, ESL
University Autonoma of Barcelona - Bachelors, Drama and History
College Level American History
College World History
High School Level American History
High School World History