Dr. Teresa Lorenz is originally from northwestern Pennsylvania, where she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Education with a concentration in Foreign Languages at Gannon University in 2003. While in college, she was hired to teach elementary Spanish courses as a local diocesan school. After graduation, she moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she completed her Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Arizona. While completing her studies there, Dr. Lorenz taught language, culture and literature courses in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and won an Excellence in Teaching award from the College of Humanities. She also published numerous translations, which include two books of poetry. After graduating with her Ph.D. in 2011, Dr. Lorenz co-directed a six-week study abroad program to Segovia, Spain, where she also taught a course and traveled with her students to various parts of the country.Dr. Lorenz began at Avila University in the fall of 2012 and currently teaches beginning and intermediate Spanish, and culture through literature. Although she misses the desert and the “dry heat” of Arizona, she greatly enjoys the changing of the seasons that the Midwest has to offer and the close-knit community of Avila University.