A recent transplant from Puerto Rico, where he was born and has lived for most of his life, Ian now lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
A graduate from the University of Puerto Rico, Ian recently obtained an M.A. on Translation. In 2006, he was awarded a B.A. on Information and Journalism. In addition to teaching, he works as a freelance translator and editor, working with legal, political, and creative documents and translating them from English to Spanish or vice-versa. Past and present clients include consulting firms, political groups, comic-book creators, and churches.
Ian also worked with the Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign on three different locations, and as a college student he was selected, as part of the Puerto Rico Córdova Fernós Program, to travel to Washington, D.C., where he worked for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as an intern. He has also worked with The Princeton Review, helping high schoolers prepare for the SAT, an experience that taught him skills he continues to use to this date.
When not working, Ian spends much of his time reading genre novels and comic books, writing critically about TV shows, and wishing he could play with all the dogs.
Upcoming Courses with Ian
Level 3 (Code OL-0519)
2021-05-19 - 2021-07-21
Wed 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CT
Basic Conversation (Code OL-0619)
2021-06-19 - 2021-08-21
Sat 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT
Beginners (Code OL-0712)
2021-07-12 - 2021-09-20
Mon 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CT
Beginners (Code OL-0717)
2021-07-17 - 2021-09-25
Sat 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Kim Herrera | Online | 5/4/2021
Ian is a wonderful teacher. He is able to clearly explain why we use a specific tense. Plus the notes he gives are a huge help to studying.
Emily Bourne | Online | 5/4/2021
Ian is a great instructor. He is extremely knowledgeable of both Spanish and English and how each is similar and is different from the other. When he explained concepts he drew on this knowledge to break apart difficult concepts into understandable pieces and explain the different uses of words/tenses especially when they differ from the standard rules. It was very helpful for me. He is also always willing to stop to answer questions and clarify points as needed. I can't recommend him enough.
Kimberly NELSON-BROWNLEE | Online | 4/15/2021
Patient. Explained the content well. Sometimes spoke too softly when calling on specific students so we usually had to ask who Ian wanted to translate or transcribe. Really liked that he would use MS Word instead of the chat feature and sent the notes after class. All the instructors should do it.