Originally from Harvard, Massachusetts, Deanna’s interest in languages, travel, and experiencing different cultures was piqued at an early age. While in high school, she moved to Santander, Spain, and through her mid-twenties, lived, studied, and worked in various cities in Spain. After graduating from Smith College in 1998 with a B.A. in Political Theory and Spanish Language, she attended Middlebury College where she earned her M.A. in Spanish Literature, Language and Culture. In 2005, she taught Spanish as a second language for six years in Massachusetts, she moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she taught ESL and was the Dean of the English Department at La Universidad de la Sierra Sur.
In 2008, Deanna moved to Colorado and began her second master’s degree while employed as a world language teacher of Spanish in the Adams 14 School District. She graduated from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2010 with her Master’s in Linguistically Diverse Education (ESL). From September 2014 – July 2015, she worked as an English Language Fellow stationed in Arequipa, Peru at the Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano. While in Peru, Deanna worked with the U.S. Embassy and Georgetown University as an educational liaison/teacher trainer for ESL teachers in Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and El Salvador.