- Where were you born and how has your city influenced you?
I am from Madrid. I believe that it is very important to remember the city which you grew up in as it forms part of your character. When I was young, in spite of living in a big city I could still play in the street, and at the same time enjoy the city’s atmosphere. Madrid, was and still is a lot more open than Salamanca. I believe that I have a lot more tolerant mentality because of this.
- Have you always lived in Salamanca?
When I finished university and my PhD, I moved to Santander, where I lived for 2 years. I moved to Salamanca in 1995 when I fell in love. Both my Mum´s family and all of my husband´s family live here. At the beginning, moving was a bit difficult but now I have adapted well and I like the change of scene.
- What are you hobbies?
I am up for new things and am active in my free time. I travel when I can, I study English, I do pilates and other sports and sometimes I go to the theatre with my friends.
- What did you study at University?
I did Spanish Philology at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. The university had a very more open and experimental approach to grammar and literature. I have found I learn best by reflection rather rote memory and my experience at university was thus an important and exciting time for me.
- What is your favourite memory?
It has to be the birth of my children; all my family memories are very important to me!
About my job:
- Where have you worked?
I began working with American students in California on an exchange but the first work I truly did was a summer course in Santander organised by the University of Menédez Pelayo. When I moved to Salamanca, I worked at another school before I came to ISLA.
- What is the most important thing for you in your job?
I think it is important that, especially in this line of work, the atmosphere is relaxed. I have seen many students that are unable to work under pressure and that when they are relaxed, they are more confident and surprise themselves as they progress. ISLA is like a family and we try to make our students feel at home.
- What do you specifically enjoy teaching?
I love teaching the past tenses and the subjunctive. I know that these are the things that students find the most difficult but I love showing them that it isn´t as hard as they think and watching them understand it.
- Why did you decide to become a Spanish teacher?
I believe that working with people of different ages, cultures, customs etc. makes us much more cultured, open and tolerant people. It is one of the things that I like most about my job.