Jessie Marroquín is a bilingual, native speaker of Spanish and English, born in Ohio, USA and raised in Cancun, Mexico. She attended the International American School of Cancun (IAS) from preK to high school and then attained her Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) with a minor in Anthropology. After Kenyon, she returned to IAS in Mexico, where she taught a range of courses that included Spanish Literature and Culture AP. She came to Charlottesville in 2012 and completed her Masters Degree at the University of Virginia. For the next year and nine months, Jessie worked as a Latin America Regional Analyst for the Marine Corps at Quantico, VA at the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL). She moved back in August 2017 to pursue a PhD in the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department at the University of Virginia. She has experience teaching beginning to advanced levels of Spanish and writing curricula using authentic materials to teach about different Latin American histories, societies, and cultures. She loves fishing, spending time with her dog Rambo, literature, and learning about different cultures. She has lived in Mexico, France, and Spain and has experience traveling in Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, and Spain among other non-Spanish speaking countries.