I have wrestled with this About Me page–what to say, how much to say, how to summarize me on a page–such an important, commit-it-to-print task!
The best way to comply with this obligatory part of my website is to answer a question that I am often asked:
“Why do you speak such good Spanish?”
Now, now…you can’t judge a book by its cover!
Just because I am blonde, blue-eyed and of Dutch/Irish ancestry doesn’t mean that I can’t hold my own in Spanish, and then some.
I remember the father that remarked in astonishment to his son on his first day in my middle school Spanish class, “Your Spanish teacher is a blonde?!?!”
Not too sure what he was expecting–perhaps not a Spanish teacher with the name of Katie O’Grady.
Okay, I admit it, the shock factor is a little fun.
And so the story is this…
I am a 4th generation native of San Diego , born and raised a half an hour away from the Tijuana/San Diego border. My Grandfather was the Chief of Patrol & Immigration in the 1940’s and a hero in my and many other’s eyes.
While working towards my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of San Diego, I lived and studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain and then Oxford, England, returning to the States to get my Masters in Cross-Cultural Education and Curriculum Development. I taught K-12 Spanish for San Diego City Schools for 12 years, receiving Teacher of The Year prior to my early retirement in 2012 to move to Mexico with my family.
I have always had a deep love and respect for the Hispanic culture, music, food and people and and know that if former lives exist, I was a salsa-dancing Latina in mine!
I am a lucky Mama to 18-year-old twins (who were 8 when we immigrated to Mexico), partner, wife and best friend to my retired firefighter hubby Frank (turned solar designer & installer extraordinaire), living and adventuring full time in mainland Mexico for the past ten years.
Los O’Gradys in Mexico is my creative commitment of putting to print–to record in a memorable and tangible form for ourselves, our friends, family and followers–these days of our lives; to inspire and invoke hope, to show that there is another way to live a life of design and personal choice whether in or out of The States.
Thank you for following along with our adventures and thank you, Mexico, for welcoming us to call you home.
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