Lorena Gómez, Ph.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English Teaching at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She later earned a master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. She was awarded a doctorate in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.Gómez’s teaching experience includes teaching English as a second language in Colombia and different levels of Spanish in the United States. Her research interests are extensive and varied, covering Linguistics, Spanish Applied Linguistics and TESOL. She has also offered study abroad experiences to her students, specifically to Seville, Spain, and Bogotá, Colombia.How did you discover Western?I discovered Western by searching information about possible places where I could be able to develop my professional interests and find a thriving community of students.What most excites you about your field?Making a difference in someone´s life. Interacting with my students has always been extremely rewarding. Knowing that learning a language, and hence, a culture can bring so much happiness, joy and seeing my students be happy in their different roads with the Spanish language has always made me feel happy. Their happiness is my happiness.What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?The mountains and my students make me feel as if I were in Bogotá, Colombia. They make me feel at home.