Heather Quarles was born and raised on the beautiful and rugged Oregon coast. She is currently a senior instructor of Spanish at the University of Oregon where she teaches first, second and third-year language courses and forms part of the Program for Heritage Learners of Spanish. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Spanish with a focus on Hispanic-Jewish Literature, which she learned to love while living in Argentina during her student years. In addition to the six summers (and counting) she has enjoyed teaching in the Middlebury Spanish School, she has also participated in the development of MiddWorld Online, a language program for high school students. She is a proud veteran of the Middlebury Language Schools team and eagerly anticipates meeting a fresh new batch of students in California at Mills College this summer!