Gwen Gaviola » ¡Bienvenidos!



Welcome! Thanks for visiting my page. Below you can read a little bit about my educational background and experience.


Having begun studying Spanish in 7th grade, my appreciation for acquiring a second language grew while I lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005. There, I attended the Universidad de Belgrano for a semester and stayed a little while longer to get as much out of my time there as I could. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Minor in Latin American Studies/Spanish. I worked at the University of Pittsburgh for a short time before deciding to work toward an education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which I earned in 2011. I began teaching at Ferndale in 2013 and have enjoyed my experience here becoming a yellow-jacket!


Because I love traveling and am fascinated with other cultures, I began to take students abroad, first with a trip to Spain in 2015 and then a trip to Perú in 2017. In June 2019 we will again be taking off; this time to Costa Rica. It is incredible to see our students' desire to learn and their confidence and adaptability as they are completely immersed in another country's culture. Check out some pictures from our trips and in the classroom.