Alex Gatica



I grew up in Utah. My father is Argentine and my mother is Mexican, so I was exposed to different cultures at an early age. We would go on road trips across the United States every summer and I developed a love for travel quickly. 

The first time I moved abroad was to teach English in Bolivia. I became fluent in Spanish and realized I had a passion for languages. I later earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Second Language Teaching. 

Throughout my career I have taught English in Taiwan and China. I have also taught Spanish, French, and Portuguese at universities and secondary schools in the United States. 

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, studying languages, going to the gym, cycling, hiking, playing guitar, watching movies, reading, and trying new foods. 

I am excited to be teaching at Tokyo International University and I look forward to meeting all of you. 

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