Rachel Mamiya Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies, an MA in Second Language Studies with a concentration in Language Teaching, and a PhD in Learning Design and Technology. Some of her interests include language acquisition and teaching, project-based learning, online intercultural exchanges, social justice, and instructional design. From book publishing to podcasting, her projects have engaged learners of Spanish, Portuguese, and English through meaningful language use, connecting them with local and global communities. Currently, she is the president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and also serves on the Boards of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching, the National Federation of Modern Language Teaching Associations Board, and the Hawai‘i Association of Language Teachers.