Spanish Language Residents

2023-2024 Academic Year: Ana Muñoz Macías

Tell us something special about your hometown.

My hometown is Cádiz, Europe's southernmost point. I live surrounded by the sea, by nature and by people practicing any kind of aquatic sports such as surfing, sailing and kitesurfing. Cádiz is famous for its beaches and for its proximity to Morocco. You can get there in a 25 minutes ferry ride!!

Tell us about your teaching philosophy.

As a language learner I continue facing the fear of pronouncing something wrong, of not being understood, of using wrong grammatical structures. I know it’s impossible to make people forget about all these fears, but my teaching philosophy is based on making my students feel more confident. Learning a language is a big challenge, and be willing to do it is the first step. Perfect pronunciation is not the most important thing, what is important is to be understood in a foreign country when you ask for a coffee!!

Tell us about a favorite activity that you pursue when you have free time.

When I have free time one of my favorite things to do is to take photos with my film camera. I usually go for a walk and capture moments or things that I want to remember. I also enjoy doing any kind of sports, even though I specially enjoy swimming, running, surfing and hiking!


2023-2024 Academic Year: Mayerly Gómez Soto

Tell us when and how you started studying foreign languages and what you like about learning languages.

My first language is Spanish, and I always have had the belief that languages are amazing to learn and use. I started studying English when I was in kindergarten. I had the chance to take a “language workshop” and since then, I have been interested in learning the language. Growing up I found out that English would help me to access more information and opportunities in life. It was a dream of mine since I was a child to live and work abroad. Little me would be proud to see everything we have achieved in all these years. Learning new languages opens doors indeed!

Tell us what you would like to see in California or in the U.S. during your time at the College.

During my time at the college, I would like to visit many places in California. As a child, I had to do a model of The Golden Gate Bridge, so I would love to visit San Francisco and see this U.S. iconic place with my own eyes. I look forward to visiting Santa Monica Beach, Griffith Observatory, and Disneyland as well. I´ll try to make the most out of my time at the college.

Tell us about a favorite activity that you pursue when you have free time.

When I have free time, I love doing crafts. I enjoy crocheting, modeling cartoon figurines with clay and sewing accessories. Since I was a child, I have been interested in creating stuff with my hands from simple bracelets to whatever comes to my mind to create in the moment. I enjoy playing computer games, gardening, and watching TV series as well.

Past Spanish Language Residents

  • 2021-2023: Natalia Cano Jiménez
  • 2021-2023: Franco Rivas Quiroz
  • 2020-2021: Tamara Olivos Muñoz
  • 2019-2021: Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez
  • 2019-2020: Blanca Barranco Lafuente
  • 2017-2019: José Gómez Soria
  • 2017-2019: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • 2015-2017: Joaquin Garcia de la Cruz
  • 2015-2017: Tamara Olivos Muñoz
  • 2014-2015: Rosina Desimone
  • 2013-2015: Isaac Gimenez-García
  • 2013-2014: Leticia Garziglia
  • 2012-2013: Mariana Jaimes-Couoh
  • 2011-2013: Zeltia-Fucinos-Mosquera
  • 2011-2012: Mauricio Aldecosea-Blixen
  • 2009-2011: Juan Pedro Giner Martinez
  • 2007-2009: María Alejandre-Fariñas
  • 2005-2007: Ignacio Vega-Matilla
  • 2004-2005: Lorena Rodriguez-Ruiz
  • 2002-2004: Antonio Ramos-Alvarez
  • 2001-2002: Anna Cancho-Sanchez
  • 1999-2001: Roberto Blanco
  • 1997-1999: Magdalena Contardo
  • 1993-1995: Juan Carlos Martin
  • 1992-1993: Maria Elena Hernandez
  • 1991-1992: Maria Isabel Valdunciel-Garcia
  • 1990-1991: Miguel Santos de Vega
  • 1989-1990: Felipe Negritto-Cornejo
  • 1986-1989: Esther Checa-Garcia
  • 1984-1986: Gisela Delgado-Dorante
  • 1982-1984: Maria Donapetry
  • 1981-1982: Concepcion Recari-Grajeda
  • 1979-1981: Miguel Perea
  • 1976-1979: Francisco Cabello
  • 1975-1976: Monica Arguello
  • 1970-1975: Guillermo Odio
  • 1968-1970: Angela Rincon-Nunez
  • 1967-1968: Amparo Ocampo