About the Show
¡Hola errbody! My name is Jessie Feliz. I am a Spanish Language Educator, Edutainer and Bilingual Activist for the Black American Community.
My purpose is to address the inequities that are interwoven within the status quo of second language instruction and the expectations for second language learners in general, specifically in Spanish language programs that serve Black American Communities.
With more than thirteen years of professional teaching both in the U.S and in Costa Rica, I love coaching and encouraging others in their second language acquisition. I use music (primarily hip hop) to teach and reinforce vocabulary and grammar. I promote speaking with Spanish S.W.A.G. so that learners can develop near-native fluency and practice #woke bilingualism as a tool for unlocking opportunities, otherwise unknown.
From teaching six years in Baltimore, to living three years abroad in Costa Rica, to serving as an instructional coach in Houston, to then coming back to establish my base in my hometown Detroit, Michigan, and now teaching and reaching the culture remotely, I am thankful for the diverse teaching and learning experiences I’ve had since first studying abroad in Costa Rica in 2005. ¡Dios es fiel! God is good! I am excited, thankful and muy feliz to continue growing along the journey! Life is a marathon, so why not put it to a beat!