Alena Zamora teaches Spanish to students in Grades 5–7, partnering with Dr. Fernando Pomar for Grade 8.
Get to know Alena Zamora:
What interesting background, training, etc. do you bring to your position?
"I was born in Cuba, an amazing country in the Caribbean zone. I graduated in Law at Havana University, Cuba. I have a Master's Degree of Law in Intellectual Property Management from Havana University, Cuba. As part of my work as Attorney at Law, I taught in the Law School of Havana University, and I was tutor and opponent for several undergraduate thesis in this institution. I discovered my teaching vocation early in my first year working as a professor at Havana University. Since those days to the present, I have been continuing teaching different subjects.
I moved to Chile in 2007 and I lived there for almost 10 years. I was a professor assistant at the Law School, University of Chile, from 2011 to 2016. I also gave conferences at Design and Art School of the Catholic Chilean University, Santo Tomas University and Playa Ancha University, Chile.
In Chile, I discovered my passion to work with children, first volunteering in Escuela Los Angeles, a special school for children with speech and language delay. I collaborated with the Taller Habitantes del Color teaching low-income children about different art techniques and introduction to copyright. When I moved to the United States, I decided to continue with this vocation. In 2016, I started my studies to become Behavior Therapist in order to help children in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I have been working as Registered Behavior Therapist in Miami, Florida since last year, and I have developed a significant experience working with children with different learning skills.
When I arrived to the United State I realized the significance of our Hispanic community has in this country. Then, I developed a deep passion to teach my mother tongue and Hispanic heritage to children from other cultures, believing that the best way to learn a foreign language is through its literature, art, science and history."
What personal passion brings balance to your life?
"I love nature. I am a dog, cat, rabbit, shark and all animals lover. I love art, literature, culture and, the most important thing in the world that I love, is to have the opportunity to know, feel, smell, taste and live others cultures in the world wide. I hope to transmit this feeling to the new generations as an important tool to improve humanity."