Alicia Salinas is PhD candidate in Spanish at the University of Virginia who loves teaching language and learning about different cultures as a way of connecting with those in her community. She has taught a variety of Spanish courses at UVa, including beginning and intermediate levels and Business Spanish, in which she enjoys tying in aspects of Latin American and US Latino cultures to enrich the language-learning process. Originally from Ohio, she also loves sharing her own language and culture with others, and has experience teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language in the U.S. and Yucatan, Mexico, with students of all ages and levels. Alicia is herself a language student, with intermediate fluency in the Maya language spoken in Yucatan. Since living and working in Yucatán for a year in 2010-2011, she has enjoyed learning about contemporary Maya culture, and her dissertation analyzes contemporary literature written in Maya, including issues of author self-translation translation to Spanish that almost always accompany Maya-language publications. Alicia is currently obsessed with hanging out with family and friends, food, fall, board games, DIY projects, and debates on politics and social issues. She hopes you all are well! / ¡Que les vaya bien! / Ka xi’ik te’ex uts!