Ortiz, Nicolas

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Universidad de la Frontera

I was born and raised in Temuco, Chile. Temuco is a medium-sized city in the Patagonia region in southern Chile. I moved to the US eleven years ago and lived in Arlington, MA with my wife, Megan, and our two daughters, Juliette and Zoe. I taught AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature at the MATCH charter high school in Boston, MA for ten years. I am very excited to join the team at Dublin to teach Spanish, coach soccer and lead the new Patagonia exchange program. It is very exciting to share my culture and country with Dublin students and facilitate the relationship with our partner schools in Patagonia.

What book has made you think the most? I read the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao last year and it made me think in a new way about the immigrant experience in the US and how the trauma and history of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic impacted their lives generations after leaving the island. Chile has a similar history with a dictator and oppression and it was interesting to think about it from a new perspective.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I attended a Montessori school in Chile for K-12. It was a small school, a little like Dublin, and I loved it. My favorite teacher was my Biology teacher, Vivian Hassen. She taught me how to be a better student, how to challenge myself and helped me really love learning and school.

How would your friends describe you in three words? funny, happy, grillmaster

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Anthropology

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I'm just getting to know the campus. I have always wanted to live on a lake and I think the boat house is my favorite spot so far. There is just something about sitting at the water's edge that is so relaxing and peaceful.

I am most happy when... eating delicious food, preferably roast lamb, with my family and friends.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? When I entered university after school I thought I wanted to be an engineer and studied engineering for two very long challenging years. I realized I wanted to work with people and not machines and had to start over towards a new degree. I think I gained very valuable life experience and learned many skills about how things work and how to fix things and solve problems even though I did not end up becoming an engineer.

If I had a free afternoon I would... go fishing with friends

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love fishing, going to the beach and playing soccer.