Colombia and New York
Jonathan was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in New York speaking Spanish and English. He became interested in French as a child and went on to earn a degree in French Literature, with a minor in Translation and Intercultural Communication, at Princeton University. He then pursued graduate studies in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, with a focus on French, Francophone, and Latin American Studies. He lived, studied, and worked abroad in Paris in both college and graduate school. In particular, he interned at UNESCO's Paris headquarters in their human rights division, and participated in a one-year research exchange program at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He served as a simultaneous interpreter for the French team at the United Nations Civil Society Forum in 2018 which focused on addressing global poverty and promoting sustainable development. He has taught French and Spanish in a variety of settings, including Harvard University, the Boston Language Institute, and the French Institute Alliance Française in New York, among others. His love of Francophone cultures led him to attain advanced proficiency in Haitian Creole and to travel to Haiti. He loves languages so much that he speaks seven of them with proficiencies ranging from intermediate to native and near-native, including Mandarin Chinese. He knows all too well what it's like to learn a new language; both the joys and the struggles. He enjoys getting learners excited about Francophone cultures and uses cutting-edge digital teaching tools in the classroom to make learning fun, relevant, and engaging. In his personal time, Jonathan enjoys reading, hiking, doing language-related volunteer work, and meditating. He's excited to become a part of the community at the French Cultural Center in Boston!