I was born in the Northern region of Spain, about 80 mile south of the French border. At home, we spoke Spanish, Catalan and a regional dialect. I studied French at school, and as an adult I continued my French studies at The Alliance Française, The French Institute for Languages, obtaining an Advanced Diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education. In addition to French, I studied English in Dublin, at DCU University, Ireland, and took some courses in German at the Goethe Institute.
I completed an Internship at UNESCO, Paris where I served at as a trainee translator. Following this, I was awarded a Leonardo da Vinci Internship by The European Social Fund to work at the European Institution Information Centre in Strasbourg, France. I obtained an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language/FL from The University of Barcelona,Spain, and an MA in Translation Studies, from Dublin City University, Ireland. In addition, I received a postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Barcelona after completing my Bachelor’s degree in History and Art History.
My professional experience is diverse. I have worked as a translator, a Spanish teacher at all levels, and a French teacher. I have also taught Irish Diplomats with their language learning in preparation for their work in foreign embassies. I have worked in Poland, Ireland, France and Spain until 2009, when The Visiting Teachers Program from the Ministry of Education in Spain recruited me to come to Clements where I have been ever since.
On a more personal note, my love for different languages led me naturally to a love for travel. I have travelled across four different continents, from the plains of Africa to the ruins of Macchu Picchu in Peru, including a hike to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Nepal. Through my travels, I learned that being able to communicate effectively is the key to gaining an understanding of people and their culture. Even if one never gets the chance to travel the globe, becoming well versed in different languages is the surest way to gain insight into the fascinating worlds of others.
As the French novelist Marcel Proust observed, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes".
I look forward to the new academic year :-)