While at West Virginia University, David focused part of his grad work on Hispanic Dialectology studying lexical, phonological, and sociolinguistic variations in the Spanish spoken in different regions. Right out of grad school, David was hired as faculty in the department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. During his time at UVA, David has explored and implemented contemplative practices into his classroom – students love finding moments of quiet to decompress! David is currently in charge of the coordination of the advanced intermediate level of Spanish, a position that has allowed him to design a curriculum rich in culture and opportunities for students to take a look at the Hispanic world. During the summer and winter breaks, David ventures out into the world trying to gather new cultural experiences, visit new places, meet new people, and thus grow as a world citizen. David is completely fluent in Spanish and English,  and he has a basic proficiency in French and Portuguese, which has been very helpful when visiting countries like Morocco. This fall, after a wonderful summer in Spain, David will go back to work ready to continue inviting some other young minds to take the risk of enjoying the world.