As my brother Theo would say, I’m a bit of a late bloomer. It wasn’t until my senior year at the American School in London that Soledad Sprackling and Mr. McGovern introduced me to Borges and Hemingway respectively. My mind was blown and I haven’t stopped reading since.
Then I went to business school, but that was not a deterrent. Thanks to Silvia Velez and the afore mentioned Theo I discovered García Márquez, Fuentes, Auster, Amis, etc. Then I spent the next fifteen years in the business world, happy to just comment my readings with Paco Navarro.
My final approach to turning pro in the world of academia and literature came in 2004. After closing my company, my then wife, Tracy said: “Try teaching you are a natural, you’ll love it”. And I tried it, and I loved it.
I started teaching at the high school level, and after the initial jitters, I thrived in sharing my passion for language, literature and culture with my students. I wanted more so I got my masters at Simmons. That was a fantastic experience, I loved reading and writing and discussing, I felt at home, I realized I needed and wanted more of that. After five years at a prestigious arts high school (you can see some of my work on Youtube), I have decided to “crank it up a notch” and go for my PhD.