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 a second language. 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 is eager to absorb as much as she can from the MESA community!
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 her pursue 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. Mrs. Barrera loves the architecture and diversity of her favorite city in the world: Brooklyn. She also enjoys making new friends, reading in coffee shops, world cuisine and traveling. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and two very fluffy dogs named Andy and Wendy.
Mr. G was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He attended a smaller high school that allowed him to participate in everything from sports to theater. Staying in Tucson for college he graduated from the University of Arizona from the college of humanities with a degree in Spanish. Mr. Gustafson taught Spanish and P.E. for five years in Tucson and then decided to travel a bit. He'd spend the next five years between Santiago, Chile, Montana, Vermont, and Colorado working in the hospitality industry. He enjoys playing just about any sport imaginable and learning about new places.