Anabela Vanesa Valerioti is an international student from Morón, a city in the west area of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has earned her BA in English and Education from University of Morón. She also earned an associate’s degree in Argentine Tango. After teaching English and Spanish for several years in various institutes, universities and companies, Anabela first travelled to the US with a scholarship through the International Institute of Education-Fulbright Program to Ripon, WI. There, she was a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) teaching Spanish while being a cultural ambassador for her country. Anabela comes from a working class background and is the first in her family to graduate from a university. Through diligence and hard work, she has been able to follow her dreams and pursue an advanced education. She is currently in her third and last year of a Joint MA program in TEFL/TESL (English Department) & Spanish (Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department). She has taught Spanish at CSU as a GTA and now is teaching English as a second language at INTO CSU.
It is extremely important for Anabela to be in contact with her culture so she has embraced her South American roots by being involved with the Latin American Students and Scholars Organization (LASSO). The organization enriches the Fort Collins community by giving presentations on culture, dance and music with a group formed by its members called Raices Latinas, in which Anabela has participated as a dancer and now co-choreographer of the group. Anabela is also the co-president of TTSA (TEFL/TESL Student Association) in the English Department that promotes linguistic and cultural diversity and raises awareness about literacy in the CSU and greater Fort Collins area. In the future, Anabela wants to fund a nonprofit organization to help students from similar backgrounds to hers. She desires to combat low literacy in her home country by providing a safe educational environment that would allow students the opportunity to travel and study abroad, enriching their language learning process. Among her many hobbies she enjoys hiking, running, dancing, biking, cooking, reading, listening to music, crafting, travelling and hanging out with friends.