M.A. Foreign Language and Literature, Univ. of Nevada-Reno, 2005
B.A. Spanish, University of Nevada-Reno, 2002
My name is Ignacia Goicolea, but most people call me "Nish". I was born and raised here in Rock Springs. My father is from
northern Spain, in the Basque region. When I was 8 years old my grandfather came from Spain to live with my family which is
how I learned Spanish. I have always wanted to teach and travel, therefore this profession is a great fit. I have my BA in
Spanish with a minor in Basque Studies, and my MA in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of
I have traveled to Spain around 15 times (with more trips to follow), I have been to Mexico twice, and several other
non-Spanish-speaking countries. I studied abroad during each degree, and know the value of being in a foreign country to
learn adaptability, cultural awareness, and immersion. I enjoy learning, traveling, cross country skiing, and cooking when I
am not at Western.
Ph.D. Latin American Literature, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
M.A. Spanish, Purdue University, 1995
B.A. Spanish, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1993
°Hola! I joined the faculty at Western in August 2014, having previously taught Spanish at colleges in Utah and Nebraska. Growing up, I lived in
many places throughout the U.S. because my father was in the military, so I donít feel like I am "from" anywhere in particular.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a love of languages and other cultures. I studied several languages in high school, and eventually went
on to get my BA, MA, and PHD in Spanish.
In addition to studying Spanish in school, I lived in Costa Rica for one semester and I have spent several summers in Spain. I have also traveled
extensively in South America. But, Mexico is the Spanish-speaking country that I am most familiar with. I lived in Mexico City for four years,
teaching English and working at the U.S. Embassy, but mostly just having a lot of fun!
I feel fortunate to have a job I love that allows me to share my passion for language. If you are taking Spanish, considering it, or just want to
chat, please feel free to stop by my office anytime!