About Me

Sra. Javy

Javiera Navarrete M.A. – Spanish Instructor

About me

Who Am I?

¡Hola! My name is Javiera Navarrete M.A. I am a Chilean journalist and instructor for Spanish and philosophy. I moved to Memphis 7 years ago,  on August 2013, planning to learn English and get a Masters degree. In the past 7 years, I earned a Masters in Romance Languages – Spanish, formed a lovely family, and acquired a passion for teaching Spanish with a special focus on Spanish Heritage Speakers.

My job: I have taught Spanish in Memphis for a while. I have taught at the University of Memphis since 2014 and have also taught Spanish in Catholic private Schools (K-12th).  I have loved every single moment  of my teaching career: from singing a song in Spanish to little kids, to reading a novel with my High School Heritage Speakers or doing an oral interview with my college students.

My experiences at University of Memphis, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School (as a High School teacher) and at Holy Rosary Catholic School opened my eyes to the reality that there’s a lack of support for Heritage Language teachers as for Heritage as well. Most universities don’t offer preparation courses for these teachers, instead focusing primarily on teachers of second-language learners. With this website my goal is to provide that guidance, while I am also learning and improving my teaching. I want to improve the Heritage Spanish program. My goal it is to share with you resources and experiences then we can improve our Heritage Spanish programs as a Spanish Heritage teachers community.


Spanish Instructor at the University of Memphis for the past 6 years. Spanish 1010, 1020, 2010 and 2020. High School Spanish Teacher at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. High School teacher. Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 and Spanish for Heritage Speakers . Former Spanish Teacher at Holy Rosary Catholic School (K – 8th grade). I am member of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and also of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA) in where I have been a presenter two times.

Currently, I attend online webinars at the University of Memphis: Foundations for Online course development. During this pandemic (Covid – 19), I have sharpened my online teaching skills by offering courses for the University of Memphis and Immaculate Conception High School.


University of Memphis Memphis, TN 2016
M.A. Master of Romance Languages and Literature, Spanish Concentration.

Universidad Gabriela Mistral (Catholic School)
B.A. Philosophy Santiago, Chile 2013
My thesis was “St. Augustine: Language, Truth, and Faith”
B.A. Journalist Santiago, Chile 2011

Spain: Universidad Antonio Nebrija, Madrid, 2007 – Journalism
Italy: Università di Bologna, Bologna, 2015 – Italian Language and Culture

Interests: Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SHS), Literature and Cinema for Heritage Speakers, Chilean and Hispanic cinema, Chilean and Hispanic Literature, Hispanic Culture in the United States, among others.