Director, College Placement
Mr. Vázquez was born in Mexico, but grew up in San Diego, California. He originally began his studies in Architecture, but quickly decided to attend the University of San Diego (www.acusd.edu) where he graduated with a B.A. in English Literature, with a specialty in British Poetry, and subspecialties in History and Philosophy.
While at USD, Mr. Vázquez rowed, went on two 10-day hiking expeditions into the sierras of Mexico, and a 10-day canoeing trip on lake Powel in Utah. At USD he co-founded Asylum, the university’s arts and literature magazine, and had many poems published in several university journals. Prior to deciding on a major in English, he surfed for three years, owned and operated a Japanese toy store, traveled by train through Mexico, the USA and Canada, and generally spent as much time at the beach as possible.
Before coming to Philadelphia, Mr. Vázquez spent seven years in Seattle, where he taught at O’Dea High School, a college preparatory boys’ school, and also for two years owned and operated a language school. Mr. Vázquez loves to spend time sitting with friends in coffee houses, where reading the paper and long conversations are favorite pastimes. He is multilingual, speaking fluent Spanish and English, and is fairly dangerous in German, French and Japanese. He is a poet, short-story writer, painter, amateur cyclist, coffeehouse fanatic, an avid fan of crew regattas and World Cup soccer. He is a terrific cook and makes the best, authentic tostadas on the East coast!
Return to faculty listing page.