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I am a first generation American, I was born in Queens, New York and raised in Long Beach, California. My father was born in Faial which is located in the Azores Islands (Portugal). My mother was born near Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia (South America). They met in New York got married.  I grew up with mom, dad, little brother, Avolita (Portuguese Avô + Spanish Abuelita), Madrinha, Padrinho, Titia Virginia, Tio Antonio (in actually the last four were my – tios avós).


I have always known I wanted to be a teacher since elementary school.  I even wrote it in my 6th grade yearbook.  I graduated from Long Beach Wilson High - the Freedom Writer’s school in 1987.  Most of my family still lives Long Beach with his wife and have a cute little boy named Joey.


I attended the University of California Santa Barbara where I got my BA in Spanish 1992. I received a teaching credential from California Lutheran University. I returned to UCSB to get a Master of Arts in Spanish in 1999. 

I have two adorable bunnies named Pan and Dale (my little Roy bunny who is in most of the pictures passed away in June 2007).  
I love to cook, crochet and tat which is how I used to pass the time with my Avolita Maria Amelia and my Madrinha Florinda. 

Where I went to school:

Woodrow Wilson High - Long Beach, CA

University of California - Santa Barbara

California Lutheran University

Sra. Rosemary Soares at work.

Links you might find interesting if you want to know a little about my culture, family, etc...

Azores Islands

Azorean Recipes

Colombian Recipes

Colombian Tourism

Dos Pueblos Senior High
7266 Alameda Avenue
Goleta, California 93117
School Website: 

Contact Phone Number:

Interesting Sites for You to Enjoy

Famous Latinos/Hispanics

Famous Filipinos

Famous Bilingual Page

On-line Picasso Project

Cinco de Mayo explanation

CNN in Spanish

Musical Spanish

Spanish Word of the Month - you need to sign up, but it's free

Watch the news from Venezuela

Bolivia - Correo del Sur

Chile - El Mercurio

Colombia - El Tiempo

Cuba - Granma Internacional

Mexico - La Jornada

Puerto Rico - Endi

Portugal - Jornal de Noticias - Oporto

Spain - El Periódico de Catalunya Barcelona

Spain - El País

Venezuela - El Nacional

Tons of international newspapers

Portuguese Newspapers Online

Bolivia - Correo del Sur

Brazil - Jornal do Brasil Rio de Janeiro (en portugés)

Portugal - Publico.PT

Sites for Virtual Reality Trips

Trips around the world

Mayan Ruins

Virtual field trip to Peru

Spain - La Sagrada Familia Church

Cuzco Peru

Virtual trip of Argentina

Salt Cathedral in Colombia

South America Travel Guide

Museo Virtual en Uruguay (picture above)

Virtual trip of Argentina

Salt Cathedral in Colombia

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

Museo - El Prado - in Spain

Museo Virtual - El País - en Uruguay

Sites for Non-Spanish Related Virtual Reality Trips

Virtual Reality Tours - Pyramids in Egypt QTVR

Virtual Reality - Simulations - Pangea