IMG_0209.JPG¡Hola a todos! Me llamo Maureen pero mis amigos me llaman "Mo" :)

First and foremost, I can't wait to meet you all! What an honor to be chosen to travel and learn with fellow teachers who share similar passions and interests! It is going to be a great summer and amazing experience to share with all of our students.

I am a Spanish teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. I currently teach Spanish levels I and II at Mehlville High School. My love for the Spanish language and culture began when I was in elementary school and my older brother was studying in San Antonio, Texas. He too began as a Spanish teacher (now Superintendent) and inspired me to study the language, travel and teach.

I have been very blessed and have had many travel experiences to several Spanish speaking countries. My first experiences abroad were when I visited and stayed with families in Spain during high school on two separate occasions (Barcelona and Madrid). I did my undergrad at Webster University here in St. Louis and took advantage of study abroad opportunities there as well! In the fall of 2006, I was selected for an internship in Mendoza, Argentina where I worked as a English Teaching Assistant for the English Department at La Universidad Nacional de Cuyo for a semester. There I stayed with a host family and even got to attend my host sisters wedding! It was one of the best cultural experiences of my life! In the summer of 2007, I lived in Guadalajara, Mexico with another host family to study and learn more about the culture of Mexico.

I began teaching in 2009. This same year my father passed away after battling bone cancer. My good friends knew that I hadn't traveled since his diagnosis, and they invited my to spend New Year's Eve in Lima, Peru to see how their family celebrates. Once again, I found myself staying and celebrating with another family, in another Spanish speaking culture.

Here in St. Louis I am involved with the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society. Last spring I took Flamenco lessons and performed in a show with other novice dancers! This experience made me realize the importance of practice and repetition to my students as I was also learning something new for the first time. I love a good challenge and reminder to put myself in my students shoes.

When I am not traveling or dancing, I am usually running (I coach cross country/track), helping with my schools International Club, reading or spending time with friends and family.

¡Hasta pronto! See you soon!