I was born and raised in upstate New York and enjoyed a typical middle class childhood. As an undergraduate at St. Bonaventure University, I spent my junior year abroad in Madrid, Spain, an experience that was truly transformative. I received my BA in Spanish from St. Bonaventure, then completed my Masters and Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics at Georgetown University. From there, I spent 12 years as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Although I flourished there professionally, I felt something missing–I missed my family, and although I don’t think I fully realized it at the time, I missed the sense of community that I had experienced at the smaller schools where I had studied, such as St. Bonaventure. After adopting my daughter from Russia, I decided to take a leap of faith: I returned home and accepted a faculty position in Spanish at Le Moyne College. Although I still sometimes miss Tucson (especially in March when the Syracuse winters seem downright interminable!), I have never regretted my choice. At Le Moyne, I have found a wonderful community: brilliant yet humble and hardworking colleagues, dedicated and friendly staff, and engaging students who allow me to find great joy in my work. I try to pursue service endeavors that directly impact the students and that promote cura personalis (e.g., advising, service-learning, chairing the Institutional Review Board, etc.). I have enjoyed many opportunities for professional growth and have particularly enjoyed learning more about Ignatian principles and Jesuit pedagogy and the ways in which they can inform my teaching and my relationship with others.