When I was 14, I visited my step-grandmother in San Francisco. Long story short, I think that’s when I first realized how much I love speaking, or trying to speak, English and seeing and experiencing life in a different perspective. Since then, I have lived in the U.K., Spain, Germany, Russia, India and Nepal, and I have come to realize how little we know about ourselves before we leave. After completing my studies in conference interpreting and applied linguistics at the University of Trieste, Italy, I worked as a foreign language assistant at Nottingham Trent University as an Italian instructor in a language academy and as an ESL teacher in two secondary schools in Turin. At Susquehanna University, I teach Italian beginner-level courses and organize cultural events aimed at raising awareness on the importance of cultural diversity and cross-cultural dialogue.
Paloma Morcillo Ortega
I was born in Hellín, a quaint and quiet town in Castilla-La Mancha. Located in southeastern Spain, my region is the proud land of Cervantes’ Don Quixote and the world-famous manchego cheese. I graduated in English studies from the University of Murcia and obtained my Master of Education from the same institution. Thanks to an Erasmus scholarship, I was lucky to spend a year abroad at Freie Universtät zu Berlin, in Germany, which proved to be a highly formative experience. There, I discovered a passion for teaching my own language and opened my eyes to a much more exciting approach to education. Years later, while working as a translator for the Spanish Ministry of Education, I also completed my master’s degree in Spanish as a foreign language at the University of Alcalá in Madrid. Right after finishing my studies, I was granted an assistantship in a secondary school in London. I fell in love with the city and decided to stay for nearly four years working as a teacher of Spanish for adults. Last year, I started my Ph.D. studies at the University of Salamanca, Spain, with a research focus on applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and bilingualism. That is on hold for now, as representing my country, my language and my culture here at Susquehanna is keeping me busy enough! I am truly excited to share with you and gain a comprehensive knowledge of American culture and its education system.
I am from Lille, a big city in the north of France. I graduated from Sciences Po Lille with a master’s degree in communication in 2018, and from the University of Lille with a master’s degree in sociology in 2019. I love traveling abroad for holidays, but also studying and working. I have lived in Budapest, Hungary, for my Erasmus year, and I have also lived in Madrid for a year working as a French teaching assistant. This first teaching experience, as well as my various experiences in social work in France, led me to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. Thanks to Fulbright, I am now teaching French beginner-level courses at Susquehanna University, where I also get to learn different teaching methodologies. I am looking forward to sharing my culture here as well as learning more about the American culture. This is my first time in the U.S., and I am very excited about discovering this country – as I love meeting new people and exploring new places!
Karen Pasetto Ovelar
I was born in a small and charming town called San Roque, in the province of Corrientes, Argentina. I studied at “Josefina Contte” Institute where I obtained my degrees as an English Teacher and English Translator. From an early age, with some Guarani or Italian at home, I developed my curiosity and passion for learning different ways of communicating in diverse cultures. I believe that acquiring a new language and getting soaked into a completely new culture and worldview, is the way to becoming an understanding and open-minded individual. In my home country, I work as an EFL teacher at all levels (kindergarten, elementary, high school, and tertiary) and I’m also currently studying at Fasta University. I enjoy traveling and discovering the world, mainly natural places. At Susquehanna, I teach beginner-level courses and organize conversation tables and cultural activities. As a cultural ambassador, I am excited to share Argentinian traditions, values, history and part of my background knowledge. I am enriching my techniques as a teacher, getting an enhanced perspective of American culture and education system and boosting my skills as a public speaker.