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Brigham Young University (Spanish)
J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University (J.D.)
New York University (Other)
I was born in Mexico and have had very close ties to Latin America throughout my life and career. I have lived in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Jerusalem, Israel. I speak fluent Spanish and passable Hebrew. I majored in Spanish at Brigham Young University where I was invited to teach Spanish 101 & 102 my junior and senior years. I later attended law school and practiced in the areas of business and tax for over 30 years. I left the practice of law to join the Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State. As a Foreign Service diplomat, I lived overseas and worked in U.S. Embassies and consulates where I held a top secret security clearance. Upon retiring from the Foreign Service I moved to Texas with my wife to be close to my children and grandchildren. While living in the Dallas area, I taught all levels of Spanish full time at Selwyn College Preparatory.
My father was a Spanish and Latin professor and I have always loved teaching. In addition to teaching Spanish at the high school and university levels, I also taught law for four years at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in Sacramento CA. Unfortunately, practicing law was far more lucrative than teaching and I had a family of five children to raise. I am now at a stage in life where I can return to my love of language and teaching. I look forward to the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for learning with others.
I am a dual U.S./Mexican citizen. I was born in Mexico City. My parents and family lived in Mexico and Peru off and on over many years. My father was my Spanish teacher who taught me to read and write Spanish and Latin. Before I graduated from college, I lived in Peru for two years. Upon returning I studied Spanish language and literature at the university. Throughout my legal career I used my Spanish to represent clients in a variety of transaction in Latin America (in addition to other areas of the world). After leaving the practice of law, I joined the Foreign Service and was posted in U.S. Embassies in Guatemala, Jerusalem and the Dominican Republic with intermittent stints in Washington, D.C. I read continuously and prefer my novels in Spanish. Grammar is my strong point. As a Latin and Spanish teacher my father was very demanding with regard to my grammar and language usage in all languages. The structure, history and etymology of language fascinates me.
I practiced law for over 30 years. I was an excellent law student and excelled as a law professor. I hold a J.D. and an LL.M in law from major law schools. I have practiced in large firms, small firms and as General Counsel for a Fortune 500 company. I was a certified expert in my legal field prior to leaving the private practice of law. I am licensed in Texas, Nevada and Arizona.
I look forward to working with students of all ages on an individual level. I love teaching and learning. I have a unique perspective about learning and would like to share my knowledge with anyone who wants to learn and is willing to work. I have taught Spanish and law and a variety of levels. I expect a lot from my students and I am willing to give more. I was born in Mexico and have had very close ties to Latin America throughout my life and career. I have lived in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Jerusalem, Israel. I speak fluent Spanish and passable … Read more
I have studied 4 different languages. I am fluent in Spanish and speak passable Hebrew. I studied Latin for 4 years. I believe that the study of foreign language is one of the best ways to develop an understanding of English grammar, but not the only way.
My father was a language teacher and he insisted that I used English correctly and would correct me if I spoke incorrectly. As a student in college I studied Spanish, Latin and English. I majored in Spanish but had nearly enough English credits for a minor.
As a lawyer, language was my principal tool. The law deals with communication and persuasion. One cannot succeed, as I did, without the ability to communicate and one cannot communicate effectively without a good understanding of English grammar.