Ana Labastida

Spanish Teacher/Mentor

Ana is excited to be teaching Spanish, Art and English at Fusion! She is an educator, artist and somatic therapist trainee committed to community and project based learning and experiences. She was born in Mexico City and spent four formative childhood years living abroad in Paris, France. As a trilingual and multicultural human, Ana values and encourages diversity in all aspects of her life and specially in the classroom. She moved to the Bay Area from her native Mexico in 2005 and fell in love with the area’s cultural and culinary richness, the redwood trees and the fog, and the vibrancy of living by the ocean.

Ana has a BFA from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts that she completed on 2013. She is currently pursuing a certification in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, a somatic therapy technique that is greatly informing her teaching. Before pursuing her master’s degree, Ana taught at Maybeck High School in Berkeley and again during her studies as a teaching assistant for undergraduate classes. After graduation, Ana worked as an arts administrator coordinating the Graduate Fine Arts Program at California College of the Arts. Although Ana enjoyed supporting students’ learning through administrative work, she missed working directly with students and longed to go back to teaching. Ana is very grateful to have found Fusion as it is a natural fit to her holistic teaching style.

When she is not at Fusion, Ana is working with her art collective Speaking Tributaries creating free public community events that explore the poetic connections between water and memory. Each Speaking Tributaries project is site-specific to the Bay Area’s watersheds and have included video projections on vapor, memory adoptions, ice instruments, and water tarot. In her free time, Ana loves to read and watch science-fiction while cuddling with her two kitties, to jog while the waves roar at Ocean Beach or to hike through the fog and the Monterey Cypress trees at Golden Gate Park. You might also find her in line at a bakery – she cannot resist a freshly baked croissant!

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