Leah discovered her passion for foreign languages by happy accident as a 12-year-old ESL student in Texas, her first true immersion experience. Having emigrated from Denmark the summer before, Leah’s move to the United States not only put her on the fast-track to English but also introduced her to the local Latino community and sparked her interest in Spanish.
A 2003 Macalester alum and graduate of the Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies, Leah’s connection to the Spanish-speaking world grew stronger during her study abroad experience in Mendoza, Argentina, and shortly after, she pursued a masters degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University in Washington, DC. Her graduate studies led to a second study abroad opportunity at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City and also the beginning of her career as an educator.
In the classroom, Leah strives to make language learning an engaging and thought-provoking experience for her students. She believes that learning a new language opens the door to more expansive ways of thinking about culture, difference, commonalities, and ourselves, and this is one of the many reasons she loves to teach Spanish.
When not teaching, Leah likes to spend her time traveling, cooking, being in nature, or creating amateur art. She also loves to explore international music and off-the-beaten path films, two art forms that she tries to incorporate into her classes whenever possible.