Catalina has a PhD in Spanish from Tulane University with a focus on Latin American literature and culture. She has over 10 years of experience teaching Spanish at college and high school levels. Over the course of her career, Catalina has combined the teaching of the language with her research interests in literary and cultural studies. She has experience in curricular development, leading experiential programs, and sponsoring affinity groups. She most recently worked at North Shore Country Day School and has worked at colleges such as Loyola University Chicago and Tulane University in New Orleans. She has served as a translator and volunteer for non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area. She co-founded the children’s space Spanish Story Time at Lincoln Square, Chicago. She has also served as referee for academic journals and has published academic and cultural articles in the US and overseas.