quinebaug valley community college

Interim Coordinator of QVCC Willimantic Center


Spanish and English as a Second Language


I was born in Colombia and first arrived in Willimantic in 1979 to learn English and go to college. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern Connecticut State University. I went to graduate school at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, but changed my focus from biology to education.

My teaching career began at Kramer Middle School, where I taught math and science for 13 years. I subsequently taught at Windham High School and Windham Middle School, with a two-year stint as coordinator of math and science at the Windham Public Schools. During this time I obtained a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Connecticut.

After working as a Spanish adjunct at QVCC for several years, I was hired as the full time Spanish instructor in 2006. My job at QVCC includes teaching ESL and overseeing foreign languages, ESL, and ASL as well.

Teaching is what I know. I went into teaching from the start because my philosophy is that every person has the right to get an education to improve themselves. Community colleges offer every student the opportunity to better oneself. I’m an advocate for our college everywhere I go, because QVCC offers students flexibility that allows them to complete a degree, program, or certificate even when life throws all kinds of obstacles their way. QVCC is a great value for those who financially can’t afford the higher tuition at other institutions. It’s important that students be able to concentrate on getting an education while minimizing the problems that get in the way of their success.