Maria Quintana began her career studying business administration but found a love for education after teaching Spanish to a U.S. tour group visiting her native Mexico. She has not stopped teaching nor has she lost her passion to teach Spanish and the cultures that belong to it. “I believe learning another language opens up so many doors to the future and I try to show this to my students,” Señora Quintana says.
Maria was born in Mexico City but spent most of her childhood growing up in Oaxaca City in the Mexican state of Oaxaca (pronounced wuh-hock-uh). Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial city located on a plateau among the mountains in southern Mexico – which makes for a favorite tourist destination.
Maria taught Spanish for a few years in Oaxaca and moved to Minneapolis after meeting her husband. She is married with two sons and a daughter and enjoys time with her family, traveling, reading and music.
Maria earned her bachelor’s degree from Metro State University in Spanish culture and later received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from St. Mary’s University. She taught Spanish for 15 years before coming to DeLaSalle in 2012.
“I love being part of the community of De La Salle,” Maria says. “Not only do I respect the commitment to diversity but also I admire the focus on community – I believe this will best prepare our students for their global future.”