A native of the San Ysidro-Tijuana borderland, Luis grew up watching news in Spanish and cartoons in English in his native Tijuana. From an early age, he became interested in learning English, that began when he migrated to the US at age 14. Luis also engaged in learning traditionally understudy languages — Nahuatl, Maya, and Quechua– in addition to Portuguese as part of his doctoral formation. Currently, Luis is pursuing his Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures with an emphasis in variationist sociolinguistics and heritage languages at the University of Texas, Austin.
While he has a particular interest in teaching Spanish to heritage speakers, Luis enjoys working with students at a personal level no matter the background to guide them in their learning process. He takes pride in having guided, for example, first generation students at UCLA and St. Edward’s through the McNair Scholars Program. Luis believes that student’s success is directly linked to the relationship instructors and students develop in a classroom setting – even online! Luis is committed to ensure student success while having fun, which is what motivated him to join the #FreestyleTeam. He hopes to create a safe and inclusive learning environment in which students can nurture each other towards their own goals and aspirations.