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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 for me to comply with this ‘obligatory part’ of my website is to answer a question people often ask me with both intrigue and fascination–

“Why do you speak such good Spanish?”

Now, now…you can’t judge a book by its cover, can you?

Just because I am a fair-skinned, blonde and blue-eyed doesn’t mean 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 classroom, “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 San Diegan of Irish and Dutch descent, born and raised a half an hour away from the Mexican border. My Grandfather was the Chief of Border Patrol & Immigration in the 1940’s and a hero in my and many other’s eyes.

Having lived and studied in Spain and getting my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at The University of San Diego, I then went on to receive my Masters in Cross-Cultural Education and Curriculum Development. I taught K-12 Spanish for San Diego City Schools as a Master Teacher, 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 17-year-old twins (who were 8 when we immigrated), 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 nine plus 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 create inspiration, invoke hope, show that there is another way to live your life by choice and with freedom. 

Thank you for following along with our adventures and thank you, Mexico, for allowing us to call you home.


Katie O’Grady








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