Aixa Perez-Prado on Creating Collages of Experiences

Aixa Perez-Prado on Creating Collages of Experiences

Aixa Perez-Prado is an Associate Teaching Professor at Florida International University. She has taught TESOL since 1997 and is a global learning faculty member at FIU. Before that, Aixa earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature/Letters at Buffalo State. Then, she progressed to a master’s in TESOL at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a Ph.D. in Social Science and Education. Later, Aixa put the theory she had learned into practice by teaching English in Costa Rica and Morocco.

An inquisitive Aixa embraces interactive technology. Her research areas include bilingualism, language and power, and communication across cultures. She divides her time between Buenos Aires and Miami. Aixa and her Brazilian husband are parents to six children.

Visual aids are a key educational tool. So, in her video, Aixa presents a work-in-progress collage to the camera. She is also an author and illustrator of children’s books. The multi-talented Aixa is an acclaimed photographer too. She captures what she sees, recording it for posterity.  

Aixa sees the value in living, studying, and working abroad. She claims she has done that her whole life. Aixa relocated from Argentina to the United States, aged four, and feels like a perpetual visitor. It’s an experience Aixa relishes, as it brings color, shape, and texture into her existence everywhere she goes.

Before blowing a kiss to an adoring audience, Aixa concludes by urging viewers to produce their very own collage by traveling the world. They can add their colors, shapes, and textures of choice to embroider it. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it gives birth to creative thinking. By integrating with different cultures and languages, you gain a new perspective on things.

25 thoughts on “Aixa Perez-Prado on Creating Collages of Experiences

  1. Teachers and professors that put their heart into their students are the reason why school is enjoyable. I still can remember the teachers that put their whole heart into it as a young child! Love this so much, thank you for the share!

  2. I know Aixa and love seeing her work shown here. She is a brilliant and creative person and that shows in her work as a professor. It certainly shows in this wonderful video.

  3. This is awesome! I learnt best by having visual collages like these as a child. I can tell from Aixa’s work how passionate she is.

  4. I loved collages when I was a kid. Though I haven’t done very many since I entered high school though.

  5. There is so much to learn in living, working, and studying abroad. I believe it’s one of the best experiences one can have.

  6. I enjoyed reading this article. When a teacher is that involved with their students, it shows. Collages are a great way to show a mix of many things.

  7. Aixa is an example of self improvement, willpower, creativity, and pure goodness. I’m lucky to have her as a critique partner. All I can say about her falls short. A real renaissance woman.

  8. Hhhhmmm…I like Dr. Aixa’s view of life! We all need to be as curious as the cat. Only then can we imagine and create a world different from what we know or are used to…

  9. Wow, Axia sounds like she is well educated and very busy too. The collages are lovely, I’m not sure I’d be able to be quite so creative.

  10. These are awesome collage works. Aixa is so smart and creative. I also hope all teachers have a heart and dedication like her.

  11. I agree with Aixa words. I love that she illustrates her life experiences using these colorful collages. Such a creative and beautiful way of keeping memories alive.

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