I was born and raised in Jefferson County and my life changed when I signed up to be an exchange student in Argentina my junior year in high school. I studied Anthropological Linguistics (the study of communication and culture) as well as Playwriting at Brown University, and have lived all over Latin America: Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, to name a few countries.
I taught for 5 years at a small bilingual art-focussed high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where most of the students and families spoke Spanish at home. When I moved back to Washington in 2013, I went to work for the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, a nonprofit that protects and restores the ecology of our local rivers here on the peninsula. It was great work but I missed spending time with students, so I joined CHS in fall 2015 as Spanish and English Teachers. I love literature, art, music, languages, and skiing.
My philosophy of teaching is a combination of fun and hard work. Exploring language and culture is a lot of fun, and it also takes serious effort and discipline to go deep. I encourage my students to share their talents and interests in the classroom, whether or not they consider themselves to be creative or artistic.
More about Señor Aubin:
I am incredibly fortunate to have been able to connect very deeply with Spanish-speaking cultures, and I am excited to share this with my students. I have played in Reggae and Rock bands in Costa Rica and South America; I have planted corn and harvested mangoes and papayas with agricultural people in Nicaragua; I have helped to run a pizza restaurant in Argentina and put on massive parties for Day of the Dead in the Mexican-American community in the US. I’ve worked on sheep ranches in Patagonia, translated poetry, led groups of college students through the Caribbean jungle, studied with playwrights in Buenos Aires, hitched rides on Chilean fishing boats, toured schools in the Mexican countryside with a puppet show, conversed with elders from the Colombian jungle, and cleaned oil-soaked penguins on the beaches of the South Atlantic Ocean.
The music, art, food, literature, landscapes, history, and ways people express themselves in these cultures is extremely varied and rich. Learning a foreign language is the best step a student can take in order to open their eyes and mind to the possibilities of an immense and beautiful world, for the rest of their lives.
I am very excited to explore the culture and language of the Spanish-speaking world, and to get to know each of my students and families!