Foreign Language Department
Cynthia Barrera, Spanish Teacher — After leaving her home in Cuba to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban Studies in the Colegio De Mexico (COLMEX), Ms. Barrera taught at the college-level at the University of Durango, Zacatecas campus, near a rural border town in Mexico. Her fascination with world cultures led to her achieving another Master’s degree, this time in International Studies from the University of Miami. Along the way she worked as a producer for various high-profile Spanish language news magazine, tv, and radio programs in Miami and New York. There she learned the importance of clear and concise communication with an audience which she has applied to her teaching career. Ms. Barrera loves world cuisine, and traveling. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and one very fluffy dog named Andy.
Gabriela Pedreros, Spanish Teacher — Ms. Pedreros was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Queens, N.Y., Sra. Pedreros is fluent in Spanish and Italian. She is as passionate about teaching languages as she is learning them. She obtained her B.A. from Queens College in Family Health Nutrition and Education, and a TESOL Graduate Studies Certificate from Regent University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Italian Literature at Hunter College and also holds a Professional Interpreter Certificate from CSU in both Italian-English as well as Spanish-English. When not teaching, she loves to spend time with her family, read, study and travel.
Morgan Rosales, Spanish Teacher — Mrs. Rosales is originally from Washington state, but travels and studies finally brought her to New York City. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education - Spanish, as well as a dual-master's degree from NYU in Teaching Spanish and English as second languages. She has lived, studied, and taught in the USA, Central America and Spain, but she's particularly excited about being a teacher in NYC and being able to work with a variety of students with such rich and diverse backgrounds all under one roof. She is passionate about education, adolescent-learners, and language instruction, and she's eager to absorb as much as she can from the MESA community!