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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-to-print task!

The best way for me to comply with this ‘obligatory part’ of my blog is to answer a question people often ask me with 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 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 B.A. in Spanish, 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.

I have always had a deep love and respect for the Hispanic culture, music, food, people, and vibra and know that if former lives exist, I was a salsa-dancing Latina in mine!

I am a lucky Mama to 16-year-old twins (who were 8 when we immigrated), partner 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 seven years! 

This website is my creative commitment of putting to print–to record in a memorable and tangible form–these days of our lives.

Thank you for following along with the adventures of Los O’Gradys in Mexico, and thank you, Mexico, for allowing us to call you home…


Katie O’Grady





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