Getting to Know Spanish Teacher Monica Bustamante

What was your first impression of the Bishop’s Community?
I was impressed with how everyone is willing to help you out. Teachers, students, staff and parents have been so helpful in all situations. 
 
What do you love most about teaching?
I love it when students have their “aha” moments. When they realize they have listened to Spanish for a whole class period and they understood everything. I enjoy making lessons fun and listening to my students.
 
What is your greatest accomplishment? 
I have visited 22 out of 32 states in Mexico. I will be visiting one more state in December! 
 
Who is your hero/mentor?
I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by many intelligent, kind, and hardworking family, friends and teachers in my life. If I had to choose, I would say my parents are my biggest mentors. They are both doctors and they have showed me the importance of hard work first-hand. They have also been an example of what it means to be in a relationship filled with respect and love. My parents have been the support system that has allowed me to grow up to the person I am today. I try to emulate them as much as I can in everything I do. 
 
What’s on your bucket list? 
My “bucket list” consists mostly of travelling. I want to travel to Asia, Australia, and Israel among others. I also want to start a family some day. 
 
If you had to sing karaoke, which song would you choose? 
If I am in Mexico and singing in Spanish, anything Selena (I am referring to Selena Quintanilla, not Selena Gomez) or old Shakira songs! If I am singing in English, anything Taylor Swift (new and old). 
 
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When people don’t listen to the person who is speaking. 
 
What’s the last book you read?
“Ensayo Sobre la Ceguera” (Blindness) by José Saramago 
 
Who was your favorite teacher in school and why? 
My favorite teacher was Señora Guillen. She taught Spanish at my high school and was the most knowledgeable and kind person I have known. She was always willing to help us out and led the Spanish Literature Club where I got to act and dance and experience Spanish Literature in a fun way! 
 
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be able to teletransport, this would make going home, travelling, and field trips so easy! I would also love to be able to wake up to my first alarm/being a morning person. 
 
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