Cara loves travel, language and culture – and sharing this appreciation through teaching. She completed her master’s degree in Spanish literature at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, where she taught several levels of Spanish language and culture to undergraduates. Her research included exploring how contemplative and mindfulness practices could reduce foreign-language anxiety in the classroom and improve student outcomes.
Prior to attending UVA, Cara worked as a volunteer with with Kiva.org and Friendship Bridge in Guatemala, where she supported microcredit and education. She traveled throughout the country on “chicken buses” to interview trust-bank clients and entrepreneurs, and wrote blog entries for Kiva.org.
Cara has studied in Salamanca and Seville, Spain; Valparaíso, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil, and has been fortunate to travel as far as New Zealand and Hong Kong to visit family. These valuable travel experiences inspired her to serve on the DCIS Foundation board in order to cultivate travel and cross-cultural learning for students in the Denver community.
Cara is a Colorado native and a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Denver near DCIS-Baker with her husband and son, who is learning Spanish from his mama.