Spanish Teacher

Lindsay Perwak
Spanish Teacher
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Me encantan los idiomas! I am a teacher because I love sharing my passion for languages and everything that falls under that umbrella: history, culture, art, literature, and of course, travel! Originally from Massachusetts, I graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a BA in Hispanic Language and Literature and a minor concentration in French Language and Literature. While working towards my degree, I taught high school Spanish at a private academy in New Hampshire and tutored fellow university students in French. In 2003 I studied at the Center for Cross Cultural Studies in Sevilla, Spain. My first experience living in a Spanish-speaking country would set me up for my big “once-in-a-lifetime” journey through Latin America.

In 2008 I left Boston with a backpack and a one-way ticket to Guatemala. The next four years were a whirlwind experience of adventure and growth. I traveled through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, stopping for almost a year in Costa Rica to volunteer on several different organic farms and work as an English teacher. I made my way to Colombia eventually and absolutely fell in love. I lived and worked in this majestic South American country for almost 3 years, finding my niche in Santa Marta, where I was teaching at two universities and a bilingual high school.

I returned to the states in 2012 and lived in Boston for one year before heading out to Portland, where I heard the weather was really nice. I am excited to be a part of the Trillium community this year and hope to bring the language department to the next level.

I love teaching because…learning another language can be tough! I aim to help students succeed by acknowledging diverse learning styles and giving students real tools to help them understand new material in an authentic context. In our current world where everyone says how “useful” Spanish can be, I hope to remind my students that it can also be FUN!