Hello! I am honored to be a new member of the SLAT community and an ESL instructor at the University of Arizona’s Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). My second language teaching and acquisition journey began in October of 2005, when I moved to Madrid, Spain. After a couple of years teaching students of all ages, I migrated to Groningen, the Netherlands, where I earned my Master’s degree in TEFL Applied Linguistics and taught at the university’s Talen Centrum. During this period, I also explored the metacognitive reading strategy use of English language learners and participated on international research related to the development of online tools which support the standardization of CEFR based writing assessment. Finally, I traveled to Asia in 2012 and taught English at Aoyama Gakuin University, in the heart of Tokyo’s fashion district. Currently, I am interested in the intersection between learner autonomy and language acquisition, but that is certainly subject to change. In my spare time I enjoy yoga, camping, hiking, traveling, sleeping in, and reading or doing absolutely nothing on the beach.