Born on the Cinco de Mayo and with a Quechua-speaking Peruvian father and a Tennessean teacher mother, Carlos David was destined to be a Spanish teacher! Raised in Germany, Panama, and Korea, his passport is filled with stamps from around the world. He studied at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins before earning a degree from the University of Virginia in government and foreign affairs. He worked briefly for the US Senate in the office of Charles Robb and then escaped to the Coconino Wilderness in northern Arizona for a job with the US Forest Service. Carlos David returned to school to complete the premedical curriculum at UVa while working as a substitute teacher, emergency room tech, volunteering at the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad and Charlottesville Free Clinic. His classroom experiences and interactions with students inspired him to return to UVa and complete his certification coursework at the Curry School of Education. After a decade of teaching in public and private schools, he is completing a Master of Foreign Language Instruction at Curry. Carlos David’s love of language and culture is highlighted by a passion for fashion. He is the designer and head of WaggiSha- Custom Made Leather Jeans, a business based in Esmont, Virginia and Lima, Peru. Guided by curiosity, intrigued by infinite phenomena of the natural world, and always celebrating culture, he is delighted and thrilled to be part of the Speak! team!