Mr. Ortiz has taught Spanish since 2007 at institutions such as Northwestern University, Loyola University and Triton College. He has substituted at Lab since 2016.
What makes you excited about your subject, and why do you like teaching it?
“As you keep using it [Spanish] and as you keep studying more and more about it, you’re discovering how beautiful it is, how extensive. In school, you don’t really learn the whole thing. It’s just the basics.”
What is one thing that students should know about you?
“I like to make my students feel comfortable, not only with the language, but also with me. I always believe that if my students don’t feel comfortable with me as a person, then they might not be happy being in my classroom.”