Dalia brings a wealth of knowledge in both Spanish, Hebrew, and beyond!
So tell me… how did you get involved in teaching? After graduating from UCLA, I was hired as a teaching assistant at the San Diego Jewish Academy. A few years later, I was also given the opportunity to be a Hebrew teacher for a group of 4th and 5th graders. That’s when I realized how passionate I was about teaching and being able to make a difference in children’s lives. I then decided to get both my Teaching Credential and Master’s in Education.
I imagine it was difficult to leave beautiful San Diego. What exactly brought you to Wise? I actually heard about Wise from a few friends who are Wise alumni. They spoke highly of the school and what a wonderful experience they had here, which helped make my decision to work here.
Has Wise been a good fit for you? Wise has definitely been a great fit for me. From the first day that I started working here, I was immediately embraced and welcomed by everyone, which truly made me feel like I was already part of the Wise family. It is incredible how much each of the teachers, the administrators, the students, and the rest of the Wise community care and look out for each other.
Ok, we know you are a teacher at Wise, tell me something we may be surprised to learn about you? I am a lefty. I do everything with my left hand or foot except for when I kick a ball. For some reason I am much better at kicking a ball with my right foot than with my left. I am also a HUGE fan of peanut butter. I could seriously live off of eating spoonfuls of peanut butter every day…especially if it is the smooth, Skippy kind.
Peanut butter, eh? What else might we find in your refrigerator? Hmmm…let’s see. There is a delicious Quinoa salad, some pinto beans, eggs, lettuce, carrots, orange juice, Greek yogurt, tangerines, and, of course, some delicious avocados (my all-time favorite). It’s hard for me to believe that just a few years ago I did not like avocados at all, and now, I could probably put avocado on almost everything that I eat. Just thinking about it now makes me crave some.
Any interesting hobbies? I like traveling, hiking, biking, and reading. I also really enjoy snowboarding, which I hope I can start doing more often.
Likes or dislikes we should know about you? I absolutely love to travel. It is definitely one of my favorite things to do. When I was in college, I was very fortunate to be able to go backpacking with a friend throughout Europe for two months. I also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain during college. I truly enjoyed visiting all of these wonderful places. Not only did I learn about their different cultures but I also met new people everywhere I went. One of my all-time favorite places to visit is Israel. I have been there four times in my life, and every time I go, it truly feels like home. Another one of my favorite things to do is spend time with family and friends. Whether it is going to a movie, having dinner, or even playing some board games together, it is always a pleasure to be around the people I love most.
Dalia at a Glance
- Position: Grade 3 Associate Teacher
- Work Experience: I worked for 8 years at the San Diego Jewish Academy as a teaching assistant and a Hebrew teacher. I also taught for 2 years at the JCC San Diego Bilingual summer program.
- Place of Origin: I was born in Mexico City. My family and I lived there until I was five years old. That is when we moved to Tijuana, Mexico. We lived there for another five years, and, then, I moved to San Diego, where I have lived for the past twenty years.
- Family: I am the oldest of three siblings. I am extremely close to my parents and my two younger brothers. Growing up, I was very fortunate to live close to my grandparents as well as some of my aunts, uncles and cousins. Every week we would make sure to always have Shabbat dinners together, as well as brunch on Sundays. It truly was an incredible feeling and experience to be able to spend these wonderful moments with not only my parents and brothers, but with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins as well.
- Education: I graduated from UCLA (Go Bruins!), with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I then received my Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree from National University.
- Community Involvement: Growing up in San Diego, I was very involved in the Jewish community. Whether it was volunteering at one of the Jewish Youth Groups, or attending various Jewish events. For the past eight months that I have been living in L.A., I have attended a few of the Jewish events. I am definitely looking forward to becoming more involved in the community.