Mayte de Lama is from Vigo, Spain, where she earned a B.A. in Education. Teaching has been one of her passions for many years. She began her career in education teaching English to Spanish children in elementary and middle school for almost a year. Then, she was presented with the opportunity to attend graduate school in the U.S. when she received a teaching assistantship from the University of Kentucky. She earned her doctorate degree in Hispanic Studies in 2003, and that same year she accepted an Assistant Professor position at Elon University. Her research interests include Spanish women writers, humor and eroticism in literature, and immigration in contemporary Spanish films, among others. Mayte has led summer and semester programs in Spain and Costa Rica and she is fond of learning and researching other cultures. She enjoys working out, reading, watching international films, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. She loves going back home in the summer and looks forward to enjoying the beach, tasty fresh bread, the breeze of summers in Galicia, travelling, and reconnecting with her family and friends overseas. Have you ever travelled to Spain? If you have been to this beautiful country, you can understand why Mayte returns there every summer.