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    María Barrio De Mendoza

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    María Barrio De Mendoza was born and raised in Peru, South America. She is a third generation of educators in her family. She attended Peru's Nacional Mayor de San Marcos University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in biology and chemistry. In the U.S., she earned her master’s degree in Spanish literature and linguistics from California State University, Long Beach. Throughout the years, she has taught at various institutions in the United States and abroad. In California, she has taught Spanish at nine community colleges, as Pasadena College, Long Beach City College, Glendale College, Santa Monica College, and several community colleges that form part of the California Community College District.  She has also taught at California State University Long Beach. She has truly enjoyed working with the diverse population of students in Southern California. At El Camino College where she works as a full-time professor, she has been teaching different levels of Spanish.  She feels so blessed to continue serving a community she calls home. She is also very pleased to make available ¡Naveguemos juntos!, a no- cost OER to the Californian community college students.

    Karla Gutiérrez

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    Karla Gutiérrez was born in Mexicali, Mexico and lived in the Mexicali-Calexico border area the first part of her life. She attended the Imperial Valley College where she started as an English as a Second Language student. She obtained an Associate's Degree and transferred to San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus where she got her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish. She then completed a Master's Degree in Spanish-American Literature at San Diego State University, San Diego Campus. After completing her Master's Degree, she earned a Spanish/English Translation Certificate from the University of California, San Diego. From 2001 to 2016, she worked as a part-time instructor at different community colleges and universities in San Diego County. In 2016 she was hired as a full-time instructor at Cuyamaca College where she is currently the World Languages Department Chair. During her time at Cuyamaca College, she has completed different trainings on equity-minded practices and served as the Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI) Liaison. During her time as OERI Liaison, she took multiple trainings that prepared her to lead the ¡Naveguemos Juntos! project.

    Hsing Ho

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    Hsing Ho was born in Taiwan but her family is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America. Since she was little, she fell in love with Romance languages. As a young child, she was curious about Spanish and Portuguese linguistics, literature, and culture. Hsing Ho is an instructor of Spanish and Portuguese. She is currently teaching at Chaffey College and Rio Hondo College. She was a lecturer at California State University Long Beach for Spanish and Portuguese, and she has taught at Fullerton College. She got her BA in Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA and masters in Spanish Literature and Linguistics at California State University Long Beach. She has been teaching in higher education for over 15 years. Hsing strongly believes that access to resources should not be an obstacle for students in their educational journey. She applauds that OER allows all students to relieve the financial burden that the traditional textbooks bring. Lastly, she is very thankful to work alongside her amazing colleagues, and is super excited to share this Spanish 1 and 2 OER textbook ¡Naveguemos Juntos! with everyone.

    Ching Ping D. Lin

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    Ching Ping D. Lin was born in Singapore but her family moved to La Paz, Bolivia when she was 10 years old and learned how to speak Spanish within two months while helping waitressing at a Chinese restaurant where her family ate and learned the restaurant business. In junior high, she chose French as a second language requirement class instead of English (because her strong British accent displeased her teachers -being her first language); and discovered her passion and talent for languages. After completing her M.A. from CSUF, Ching Ping started teaching Spanish at the University of Redlands and San Bernardino Valley College in 1996. She has also taught at La Sierra University, Scripps College (The Claremont Colleges), Crafton Hills College, and currently teaches at Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley College. It has been a privilege to be able to share all the classroom teachings she has acquired and employed by embarking on this Spanish OER textbook ¡Naveguemos Juntos! with her colleagues. 

    Anaid Stere Lugo

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    Anaid Stere Lugo was born in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, a city considered by locals to be the agricultural heartland of Mexico. In 2001, she moved to San Diego, California and has lived there since then. Anaid has over 10 years experience teaching at the community college and high school levels. She has taught at Cuyamaca and Southwestern Colleges. Anaid has completed PhD work in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She has taught all levels of Spanish for beginners and heritage speakers. Anaid is committed to bringing to her classroom (online and face-to-face) more equitable practices. She completed the 2019-2020 Equity-Minded Teaching and Learning Institute (EMTLI) at Cuyamaca College.  Anaid believes in creating a classroom environment in which her students feel welcomed, cared for, valued, and respected. She received the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Member Award. Anaid was among hundreds nominated by students for her teaching excellence and judged by the college Academic Senate Faculty Awards Committee. She also believes that this OER will benefit students from different community colleges across California. Anaid is very excited to embark on the “¡Naveguemos juntos!” journey with her students!

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