Claudia is a native Spanish speaker with 15+ years of experience in didactic strategies and more recently on teaching Spanish as a second language, both online and in-classroom. She was born in Monterrey, Mexico where she received a bachelor’s in mass communication and later a master’s degree in Higher Education. She worked at ITESM as a Spanish literature and grammar high school teacher, pedagogical advisor, and teaching assistant in the Education program at the Virtual University. Claudia moved to the Chicago area where she has enjoyed teaching at Lewis University since 2018. Recently, she obtained a master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from the International University of La Rioja, an online university from Spain. She loves working with students to spark their curiosity and go beyond the language and into the culture.