Valerie was born and raised in Spain, and moved to the United States for college. She has lived and worked on the east and west coasts of the U.S., and in Papua New Guinea as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She has a B.S. in Marine Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University.

She advises F-1 and J-1 international students, and loves to learn about their cultures and languages. She has taught for over 20 years, and has advised international students for 8 years. She always seeks to know students and provide helpful advice and guidance on a variety of academic, immigration, personal, and cultural matters.

Her favorite activities are trail running, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.