Personal Introduction

My life cannot be defined just by my profession, but my profession is a fundamental part of who I am. I am, at heart, a teacher. One that enjoys seeing people interested in experiencing learning; one that, in the academic setting, extracts energy from being with her students. I am also a researcher, who loves to investigate and to discuss with colleagues new findings. I try to be a candid, understanding colleague, although sometimes I may fail. I consider myself a person with great curiosity and, thus, I like asking questions and not taking anything for granted. My job is very important to me, but so is my family and friends, and my healthy lifestyle. If you ask me I would tell you: I would not trade anything that is happening in my life right now. I always thought I was a very ambitious woman, but not for fame or wealth, but happiness.  

Picture taken in Palma de Mallorca                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in 2013 by Ruth Capó.

 I was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1974, one year before Francisco Franco (a dictator) died. Thus, I am still part of an in-between world, that of a painful period of transition to democracy. I am from a generation of limited resources and obsession with responsibility, hard work, and the notion that a society can, and should change if everybody works together towards a common goal. I grew up believing my father's  profession (teacher and artist) was the most important for the formation of a decent and fair society of responsible citizens. I believe Education is "the" answer; collaboration, support and kindness, the principles behind success.   

I took this picture in 2008 in Hollywood. 
It commemorates A. Hitchcock's movie 
Rebecca (1940). I was named after it.

As you can see in my Curriculum Vitae, I obtained my Ph.D. at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a Master (a.k.a Postgraduate Diploma)             in Education by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a Master in Spanish as Second Language at Universitat Les Heures Barcelona. While finishing my disertation I moved to New Zealand, where I became Lecturer in Spanish (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at Massey University. After five years living there I moved with my husband to San Francisco, and eventually to Alaska, where I reside now. What prompt me to do what I do? Curiosity. Curiosity determines the way I live my life; it always did.

My journey began, what it seems to me, a long ago --you will be able to see this in my Eportfolio-- and it does not end here. 

Comedian-Film Josef Kazda. 
I took this picture in 2013 in 
Golden Lane at Prague Castle.