Amy Bean teaches seventh grade language arts in Chicago Public Schools. She began her teaching career as a City Year corps member in New Orleans, Louisiana, and returned home to Boston, Massachusetts, to complete a teaching degree and student teaching. Amy then moved to New Mexico to teach bilingual middle school mathematics in English and Spanish. Outside of school, she enjoys running, swimming, reading, and cooking as well as cheering on the Boston Red Sox. Amy looks forward to returning to school next year with a more informed perspectives from the Summer Institute on borderlands narratives, identities, and Mexican and American binationalism, which she will incorporate into student learning.
Francisco Becerra-Hernandez lives in San Mateo, California. He is a teacher of Spanish high school level. Francisco has been teaching for eight years in the United States. He has taught in Spain and México. His favorite authors are Ernest Hemingway and Mario Vargas Llosa. Francisco’s favorite hobbies are playing sports and reading. Also, he enjoys playing tennis and soccer, attends cultural activities such as theater and concerts, and visits museums. Francisco is excited to be part of the Summer Institute and looks forward to meeting fellow educators from across the United States.
Hugo Leonel Jacobo grew up in Santa Ana, California. He currently teaches eleventh grade American Studies in a small, project-based learning school located in downtown Los Angeles. He enjoys reading, exercising, and hiking. From a professional level, he plans to apply his knowledge of the Chihuahuan Desert histories and narratives to current curriculum projects on topics such as Westward Expansion, immigration, biculturalism, and Americanization. From a personal level, he would like use this course of study as an opportunity to reflect on his own perspectives and cultural identities as a Mexican/Guatemalan/American.
Kimberly G. Kim teaches English and coaches debate at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Her favorite past time is to take walks with her Corgi named Morty along the beach. For the past few years, Kimberly has been developing new, twelfth-grade electives that highlight diverse voices in literature. She will be using her experience in the Summer Institute to develop a major unit for the Latin American Short Story course. Moreover, Kimberly looks forward to developing a new semester elective course on stories, poetry, and essays at three key international borderlands spaces: the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea, Israel/Palestine, and USA/México.
Rebecca “Becky” Luz Villagrán is from Oakland, California. She teaches twentieth-century IB History and Chicanx/Latinx history at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. She was an amateur boxer for many years, but has retired from competition; however, she still loves training and sparring to help out her teammates before their fights. Becky has been teaching history for seven years now, and she loves changing the curriculum to expand her own knowledge of history. Becky revived a Chicano history course to Berkeley High after a twenty-year gap. She is excited to be part of the Summer Institute to expand her knowledge of the history of the Southwest borderlands and to guide her students to understand the complex histories of identity and colonization that have created the crises of the current day.
Tara Partow moved from her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to California to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College. After graduating in 2017, she began teaching middle school English in Gallup, New Mexico. While she is open to outdoor recreational activities, Tara prefers listening to podcasts and drinking strawberry limeades. Next year, Tara will be teaching English III to eleventh graders at Miyamura High School. In order to build a sense of coalitional politics among her students, she plans use the Summer Institute experience on borderlands narratives to reveal connections among American Indians, Palestinians, and Latinx people in Gallup, New Mexico.