High School Faculty

Giannina Guardia-Hayes

World Language Chair; Exchange Program Coordinator, Spanish, 10th Grade Class Advisor

Having grown up in Costa Rica to an American mother and a Costa Rican father, Giannina is a native speaker of both Spanish and English. She moved to the United States, after graduating from high school in Costa Rica, to pursue her college education at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  After earning two bachelor’s degrees, in Linguistics and Spanish Language and Literature, she continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in Hispanic Linguistics.

Giannina began working at AWS in 2010, after moving to Austin with her husband.  In July 2014, Giannina completed her Waldorf High School Spanish Teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA.  This is her sixth year teaching at AWS, where she teaches 9th grade On-Grade Spanish, and Advanced Spanish in grades 10, 11, and 12.  Giannina also serves as the World Language Chair and Spanish Exchange Program Coordinator, as well as co-advising the Class of 2016.

In her free time, Giannina enjoys going on hikes with her husband, working on home improvement projects and in the garden, and trying out new recipes at home.  Mostly, she enjoys traveling to new places and learning about the cultures and languages that surround them.

“I like how creativity and individuality are integrated into community building and learning to achieve as a group.”