Assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures.
Joined North Texas in 1996.
When I was
asked to write about why I teach, the answer seemed to be a mystery.
But after some serious thought, I found that it is not so much a
mystery as it is a fascination: a fascination with the alchemical
magic that takes place when things “click.”
It was not
always so with me. I ventured out of high school to become a flight
attendant. I wanted freedom from the restrictions of a strict Hispanic,
Catholic upbringing, and this career choice seemed to do the trick.
But, with this one choice, I managed to offend the holy trinity:
my mother, my aunt and my godmother.
I went forth into the clear, blue skies. My fascination with my
career choice did not last long.
As it turned
out, my fascination with a number of other professional endeavors
also flickered out quickly. Thus, I became a returning adult student
at California State University in Long Beach. Out of the bravery
that ignorance nurtures, during my first semester as an undergraduate,
I signed up for a graduate seminar in the Spanish Generation of
1898. I discovered Spanish philosophical thought, and my mind learned
to really fly. I was hooked.
cum laude (and working full time, plus being involved in student
politics), I decided to go for it. I would not stop until there
were no more degrees to be had. The holy trinity, by now, was on
Once I had
my doctorate, I had found a fascination that stuck. It became clear
to me that why I love teaching is ultimately related to my insatiable
curiosity as a learner.
because I continually want to learn, and the process of learning
and teaching is the mysterious phenomenon that feeds my soul.