History/Spanish Teacher Mentor
A Midwest Native, Gabriela’s spark for travel and learning culture started at a young age when she started taking summer trips to Colombia in high school to practice the language and embrace her cultural roots. While at Marquette University, Gabriela explored her many interests in Psychology and Spanish, whether it was tutoring Spanish, coordinating social activities for the international student community, or working on mental health disparities Research. She continued her language studies in college by spending six months on the Marquette en Madrid program, consuming all the flamenco and tapas she could. Upon graduating, she moved to New York City to start her Master’s in International Education. Gabriela spread her wings while at NYU, researching reverse culture shock, teaching human rights and global citizenship education, studying critical pedagogy, and coordinating international exchange programs at Queens College.
Throughout her academic career, Gabriela has had the opportunity to travel extensively around the world, whether it’s teaching human rights in the Dominican Republic, restoring coral nurseries in Bonaire, and backpacking the Andes. Gabriela worked as a faculty member and foreign language consultant at The Traveling School, an accredited semester school program that travels through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, building upon young women empowerment and teaching outdoor skills, the dynamics of globalization, and Latin American culture through experiential education. This past year, she got to fulfill her lifelong dream to live and travel through Patagonia with the School for Field Studies while developing their new climate studies program.
She is excited to join the Fusion Lake Forest Family and invigorate students to discuss and study culture, history, global issues, language, and food. Outside of her work, you can find her hiking the State Parks, cooking Colombian food, or working on crosswords or sudokus.