Ann C. Mocchi
Upper School Spanish Teacher
AP Spanish/Spanish IV Honors, Spanish IV/V, Spanish III, Spanish II, Spanish I/Spanish Language & Topics
Varsity Field Hockey Assistant Coach, Student Government Advisor
MA: Spanish Language & Literature, Middlebury College, Vermont
BA: Spanish & Print Journalism, Valparaiso University, Indiana
Teaching Licenses: Secondary Spanish & English, University of Colorado–Denver
Teaching at University Lake School—what a great adventure it has been!
I’m Ann Mocchi, and I’m in my 15th year of teaching Spanish to Upper School students on Hawk Hill.What I like best about teaching at ULS is the complete freedom we are given as educators and students to discover our passions, intuit our learning, and explore the interconnectedness of the world through all of our senses and in realms far beyond the classroom.Over the years, ULS Spanish students have walked in Picasso’s footsteps in Barcelona, tunneled through copper mines in Chile, protected turtle eggs from poachers in Costa Rica, haggled for churros with street vendors in Chicago, and swooned over Sandra Cisneros reading her beloved novel House on Mango Street in Milwaukee.
Back on campus, they’ve transformed the commons into Madrid’s Plaza Mayor to hold poetry readings and tertulias. They’ve built toros on wheels and led the Lower School in the Running of the Bulls. They’ve performed selections of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Bodas de sangre in our woods, and they’ve constructed little Spanish cafés, inviting students to tapear, offering them homemade empanadas, croquetas, and patatas bravas.
One of the greatest pleasures I have as a teacher is hearing how our ULS grads take their skills on the road and continue their life-long pursuits toward fluency. Back in Spain, La Madre Patria, our students have studied the great classics of castellano in Toledo, Salamanca, and Zaragoza. They’ve volunteered for medical and religious missions to Honduras, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. They’ve worked with primates in Ecuador and become trip leaders and teachers themselves in Panama and Miami.
Regardless of your path in life, amigos, I promise you…you will never regret becoming bilingual.