BA, International Studies, University of Monterrey, Mexico
Spanish Immersion Certificate - UMN
Born in México, Mónica spent her young life traveling the world with her family. Her father, an engineering executive with a Mexican steel company, moved his family to countries such as Indonesia and Venezuela to accommodate his job. For Monica, global living provided a bounty of rich cultural opportunities, which she notes guided her toward teaching. “Living in other countries gave me the chance to learn about new cultures and to teach about my culture. The opportunity to teach Spanish to young children is rewarding because they are excited about learning. They are eager to absorb the beauty of language and culture.”
Bilingual since elementary school, Mónica graduated from college and moved to the United States to work in the Georgia Project, an initiative to serve the growing Latino population in Dalton. Her work in this program sparked a passion for education, and later, Mónica accepted a position as a Spanish teacher at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS).
She started at St. Peter´s as a preschool teacher and a few years later became the full time Spanish Immersion Coordinator. An exceedingly enthusiastic and talented educator, Mónica has become an ardent advocate for Spanish immersion programs. She has furthered her education by finishing a three-year Spanish immersion certificate with the University of Minnesota, and taking reading and writing workshops with The Teachers College at Columbia University. After five years with Addalingua, Monica received their certification as an Addalingua educator. In her free time, she is an avid reader, and loves to travel and cook. She and her husband, Tom, have a son and daughter who are both bilingual.