Ms. Nilda Barraza » Meet Ms. Barraza

Meet Ms. Barraza

My name is Nilda C. Barraza.  I am happy to say that this is my 10th year teaching.  I was born and raised in Durango, Mexico.  I obtained my Bachelors in History and Education from DePaul University, after which I received my Master’s Degree in Latin America and Caribbean Studies from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  I studied abroad in China, Ghana and Brazil, and I did my thesis research in ancestral land, displacement and identity of Afro-Colombian women.  I speak three languages—Spanish, English and Portuguese.


This year, I am teaching one section of Latin America History Bilingual (English and Spanish), three sections of Spanish for Heritage Speakers and one section of AP Spanish Literature & Culture.  I am the co-sponsor of the Girl's Who Code club, and I also belong to the Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC).


Better learning will not come from finding better ways for the teacher to instructbut from giving the learner better opportunities to construct.”  ~ Seymour Papert