Dr. Abigail Martinez Sotelo: I have been teaching since 1998, which makes it 14 years.
OR: How have you changed your style since you started teaching?
AMS: Well, I started off teaching in Mexico at a high school. I taught classes like literature and writing. Now I just teach all Spanish courses.
OR: What have you taught at Wesley College and what are you currently teaching.
AMS: I have taught all levels of Spanish except for 100 at Wesley. I am currently teaching 101 and Spanish conversation which is a level 200 course.
OR: What rewards do you personally get from teaching?
AMS: When my students really learn how to speak Spanish and enjoy the differences between the Spanish community and the American community.
OR: Where did you go to school and what was your major?
AMS: I went to school in Mexico for my BA. It is in Spanish literature. And I got my Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
OR: What drew you to this field?
AMS: I always wanted to follow my mother’s footstep but not on a high school level but at a university.
OR: What was your worst or most interesting job as a student?
AMS: I was an assistant for the basic language director.
OR: Where were you born and raised?
AMS: I was born and raised in the north of Mexico.
OR: What is your favorite movie?
AMS: One of my favorite movies is called “Pan’s Labyrinth.” It is by a Mexican director.
OR: Favorite book, poem or screen play?
AMS: My favorite book is “Don Quixote” de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes.
OR: What is your favorite music or artist?
AMS: I really like Nirvana. Kirko Ban is my favorite.
OR: what are your favorite pastimes and hobbies?
AMS: I like reading and going to the Movies with my son. It makes me happy.
OR: What are you most passionate about in life?
AMS: I am very passionate about my son. I want to set a great example not only in my profession but most and foremost as a mother. Especially in the world we live in today. I want my son to know that there is more to this world than riches and fame.