We homeschooled our children, both in Mexico and the United States, until they went to college, while living in or moving between Chicago, Cleveland and Mexico. They received multilingual schooling in Spanish, English, French and Italian. They also studied in local community colleges full time for one and one-half to two years until beginning four year universities. Our older son, now 21, is studying law at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Our younger son just began at the Ohio State University. They are completely bilingual and also speak other languages.
Lucia is an experienced language teacher, translator and interpreter who has taught Spanish, English and Italian at all levels from preschoolers to college. She is a native Spanish speaker, is fluent in English, and holds a master of arts in Spanish with a concentration in Latin American literature and culture from Cleveland State University and a bachelors in International Relations from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México.
She has taught in Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Berlitz, Mexican public schools and independently. She authored the bilingual children’s book about virtues, El Cuadro de la Paz / The Peace Painting, illustrated by son Sam who was age 5 at that time. She recently translated The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, authored by Dr. Jack Newman, from English to Spanish. She is writing the first homeschooling book in Spanish, El mundo mi escuela (The World My School), which will be published in both English and Spanish. The purpose of the book is to motivate / expose this option to Spanish speakers.
Lucia was a high school exchange student in Pennsylavania and Massachussetts and studied abroad in Cambridge and in Italy for one year as a university student at the Universitá Italiana per Stranieri. She has been a Leader for LLLI for the last 21 years, was the Coordinator for Latin America, and formed a Spanish-speaking group in the area. She also worked as a simultaneous interpreter and translator for the organization.
Richard is an international career banker, an accomplished Spanish and French speaker and a native English speaker. He holds an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and has travelled large parts of Mexico and the world for business and pleasure.