A native speaker of Spanish, Irma was introduced to the study of the language via her very first instructors, her parents. She grew up in a bilingual household in Chicago, where English and Spanish were both highly valued. Irma’s father and mother devoted countless hours of their time teaching her how to read, write, and speak in Spanish.
Irma continued her study of Spanish throughout her high school and college years. Her fascination with the field of human communication and her love for teaching inspired her to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a Master of Education, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In 1998, Irma was certified by the State of Illinois to teach Spanish. Since then, she has passionately taught the language in Illinois and California in the Bilingual Education, World Language, and Dual Language departments at Round Lake Area Schools, Mundelein Elementary Schools, St. Mary’s School, South Hills Academy, Dearhaven Learning Center, and North Shore School District 112. Irma also served as an instructor of Human Communication at California State University, Fullerton.
Irma’s rich, authentic experiences of the Latino culture were enhanced by her annual childhood trips to Mexico. She looked forward to connecting with her cousins and grandparents as they enjoyed many fiestas, posadas, family outings, explorations of the mountains and Aztec pyramids, unique foods, and shopping in the mercados.
Irma’s heart resonates deeply with the mission of Fusion Academy, and she is very enthusiastic about contributing to the flourishing of its students. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, bike riding, fine dining, exploring beaches, meditating under the stars, and unwinding with exhilarating sessions of Tai Chi. Irma is also an avid supporter of the National Stuttering Association.