Mark Andersen

Mark Andersen

Spanish Language Teacher

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¡Hola! Yo soy el Señor Andersen. I have been teaching here at Brooks since 2017. Teaching Spanish in Oak Park is special to me for a few reasons, the first of which being that my father and his family are from Oak Park. Another reason is that my mother and her family are native Spanish speakers from Mexico. As a result, I grew up in a bilingual and multi-cultural home, which has directly influenced my passion for teaching Spanish. As an educator, I seek to instill an appreciation of the Spanish language through an awareness of the abundant cultural, racial and linguistic beauty and diversity of both Latin America and other Spanish-speaking areas around the world.

In addition to being a teacher, I am a professional musician. I play drum set, congas, cajón and other percussion instruments for multiple bands and artists. I also have the pleasure of serving as the primary drummer and percussionist at my church.

When I am not teaching Spanish or making music, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two dogs, traveling, cooking, dancing, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.