Meet Our Faculty

Meet our faculty

They hail from countries around the world and bring with them long lists of impressive credentials: UWC-USA’s faculty are committed to their profession, their students, and to the school’s mission.

UWC-USA faculty are not only experts in their respected fields, but they also share a commitment to the UWC mission and a belief in the students who will carry it forward.

“How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?”

— Lester B. Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister and UWC supporter

Chandniée

French, MA, Pune University, MS, Université de Rouen, PhD, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III
What do you love about teaching?

What I absolutely love about teaching is the opportunity that teaching gives us to be life-long learners. Teaching and learning are a symbiotic process and we would never know how and when we switch places with our students! Teaching to me is rejuvenating, empowering and extremely fulfilling as it gives me the feeling that I am contributing everyday to help young people shape their reality for the better. 

What do you do on the weekends?

During weekends, I like reading classics, mostly French but also other languages. I love cleaning and occasionally trying out different types of cuisines. I also like singing and relaxing by walking bare feet on grass to re-energize myself.

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Favorite food

My favorite food is French and there are many types. One of them I can think of is le gratin dauphinois with salade verte and a nice café liégeois for dessert.! I also love the Indian masala dosas with green chutney.. yumm..!

Most esoteric research?

I did a personal research in language and cognitive science for a conference paper on the absence of concepts of time and numbers and the non-recursive spoken segments in the Pirahã  language as a challenge to the Chomskian theory of ‘universal grammar.’

Education

M.A. Pune University
M.S. Université de Rouen
Ph.D. Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III

 

Aaron

Science Faculty
What do you love about teaching?

Interacting with students and bringing joy or peace while communicating with students.

What do you do on the weekends?

Once I have a car, my very first car ever in my life, I will explore New Mexico.

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What’s your favorite food?

All types of cuisines with little food restrictions, which I feel very lucky about.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?
How to buy a used car as your very first car, I learned a lot about cars as a no-car person for the majority of my life.

Denika

English, MA, New Mexico Highlands University
What do you love about teaching?

I love that I have the opportunity to discuss and explore topics that interest and inspire me. It is also wonderful being able to see my students begin being inspired by the same things that I am. On top of that, watching them learn and grow is amazing.

What do you do on the weekends?

Most weekends I make time to read and write for fun and spend time with friends and family. I also try to make small trips to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Taos to explore, do activities, and just get away and focus on myself for a while.

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What’s your favorite food?

All breakfast foods. I could eat breakfast any time of day.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Trauma fiction, specifically concerning domestic abuse, and the use of writing as a form of therapy.

Luis

Language Faculty, BA (Loyola University of Chicago), MA (Loyola University of Chicago)
What do you love about teaching?

I love teaching at UWC-USA because the IB pedagogy allows me to interact with international students who are interested in developing critical thinking. Teaching broadens my perspective as I learn from my students’ social and academic experiences.

What do you do on the weekends?

From the perspective of Latin American and Chicano literature, I focus on researching the effects of geopolitics and post-colonialism in relation to modern U.S.-Mexico border issues.

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What’s your favorite food?

Mexican, Italian,and Thai.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

This topic might be unusual for most people: the history and development of our modern global calendar.

Gianvi

Language Faculty, BA (University of Tulsa), MA (Middlebury), ABD (University of Texas-Austin)
What do you love about teaching?

I enjoy teaching because it is really nice when I see in a student’s eyes the aha-moment, the moment when a topic begins to make sense.

What do you do on the weekends?

I usually do some hiking. When it snows, I like skiing. I also spend a lot of time playing my tenor recorder, working on puzzles, and folding paper (origami).

 

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What’s your favorite food?

Salama da sugo. It’s a typical type of sausage from the Ferrara province in Italy.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Subject clitic pronouns in the Gallo-Italic dialects of northern Italy.

 

Andy

Language Faculty, BA (Seattle University)
What do you love about teaching?

I love teaching because I enjoy the challenge of taking a subject I’m excited about and sharing that energy with students, while also learning more about that subject through the questions and observations that the students make.

What do you do on the weekends?

On the weekends I enjoy hiking, running, and writing. I think it’s important to have an active life outside the classroom to bring interesting insight from outside into the classroom.

 

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What’s your favorite food?

Anything with green chile smothered all over it.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Whether the internet helps us share our common humanity or turns us into homogeneous, carbon copies of the digital world.

 

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