In high school, I took Spanish because I had to take something. Why not Spanish? In college, I majored in psychology, but because my minor was Spanish, I spent a semester living with a host family and studying in Costa Rica. There, my Spanish moved from theoretical to practical. I earned a B.A in Psychology, with a Spanish minor, in 1988 from Linfield College. After college, I married and moved to Costa Rica where I worked as a high school counselor at a bilingual school. When we returned to the U.S. three years later, I continued my studies in psychology, completing my Master’s degree in 1995 at Seattle University. During graduate school, I worked as a tutor of English, Spanish and psychology at area community colleges.