MARIANELLA JARA

Marianell Jara 

 

Spanish Senior Lecturer
&
Academic Advisor
University Of North Carolina Wilmington

EDUCATION

M.A. in Spanish

M.A. in Liberal Arts and Hispanic Studies.

B.A. in Political Science and International Relations

GENERAL INFORMATION

I teach courses in elementary and intermediate Spanish.  I love taking students abroad during summer school.  I have directed the Summer Study Abroad Program in Úbeda, Spain in several occasions.  
In addition, I serve as the advisor to the Spanish Club and I teach Honors Seminars on the subjects of Islamic / Arabic Spain and Costa Rican culture, history and environmental issues.  I actively  support the Hispanic -Latino community by encouraging students to help and engage in community service in different local organizations. In my free time, I teach English as a second language to Hispanic immigrants in the Wilmington community and interpret at various non- profit organizations and clinics.  My personal interest is in Latin American and Spanish literature by women as well as Costa Rican ecology and conservation and Islamic / Arabic Spain history and architecture.

BACKGROUND

I am a "TICA", born and raised in Costa Rica.  Since I was young, I  developed a special interest in other cultures and languages.  I attended the Universidad Nacional in Heredia,  where I studied  International Relations and English. At the age of nineteen I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at   I had a wonderful time at LSU studying and meeting people from all over the world and of course cheering for  the TIGERS. 

I graduated from LSU in 1997and I returned to Costa Rica where I had different jobs until I decided that it was time to attend graduate school. 

FAMILY

I  am married to a wonderful "Wilmingtonian", a rare find,  it seems that most people in Wilmington are from somewhere else.
 

Jeremy is a music teacher, a wonderful person and musician who has played in different local bands.

We love music, going to  concerts, traveling, spending time with family and friends.

DAUGHTER
 PAZ ANGELICA

Our sweet angel was born on April 2, 2011.

  

                                                                                         Baeza, Spain



Christmas, 2011

                                 Jaén-Spain                                                     Úbeda-Spain



Paz's second birthday!
Costa Rican typical outfit and hand- painted oxcart.

 

My other favorite people in the world are my dad, my brother and my mom who is in heaven.

 

HOBBIES & FAVORITES

I love traveling, reading, jogging, biking and cooking.  I love going anywhere in the world to explore new cultures, languages, adventures and try new food.  Reading is like food to my soul.  I am a firm believer in studying abroad, I think every student should travel to grow and become a well rounded individual.  This is why I love taking students overseas.  I love every minute I spend with the students abroad, seeing their smiles, answering their questions and realizing how much they learn and enjoy.  I have studied abroad in Ecuador, France and the United States.


Parque del Retiro, Madrid, Spain


Libri Mundi -Quito, Ecuador
Picture of Gabriel García Márquez

Lyon, France

                                       Mitad del Mundo                                                          Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica           
                                       Quito, Ecuador


Volcán Arenal, Costa Rica


Zip line, Monteverde, Costa Rica

 

 

SPAIN STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

             
SAFA- Úbeda- Spain

Cazorla-Spain