"Despacito y buena letra, que el hacer las cosas bien, importa más que el hacerlas."
-Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
I was born in Poland and moved to the U.S. at age 6. Often I am asked, “What part of Poland are you from?” and my honest response is “the Chicago part.” Chicago is the second largest Polish city in terms of population, second only to Warsaw. I am proud to be a heritage speaker of Polish, a language that I speak daily, intuitively, and imperfectly.
My love for Spanish began in middle school when I discovered I was good at learning languages and enjoyed the intricacies of grammar. As an undergraduate, I studied both Spanish and French and signed up for all the study abroad programs I could fit into my degree program. This allowed me to spend extended periods of time in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Costa Rica. I completed my Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UC Davis. Before coming to UC Santa Cruz in 2008, I was Assistant Professor at Michigan State University (2004-2008), where I served as faculty director of the study abroad program in Querétaro, Mexico. Here at UCSC, I teach a variety of courses in Spanish language, linguistics, and language teaching methodology. Having traveled extensively through Europe and Latin America, I feel fortunate to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world.