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Cristina Manteca Gacho

MA Student

Teaching Assistant & Research Assistant

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: she/her


Building & Room:

1700 UH


Cristina Manteca Gacho is a second-year graduate student in Hispanic Linguistics. She is currently collaborating with the Disability and Human Development department on a project called “Hispanic Outreach for People with Disabilities” at the Great Lakes ADA Center. She is also a teaching assistant in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies. Her broad research interests are bilingualism, early years simultaneous bilinguals and typical and atypical language development.

Service to Community

Member of Bilingualism Matters Chicago

Notable Honors

2021, Benjamin Franklin Scholarship Recipient, Benjamin Franklin Scholarship

2020, Nominated to Valedictorian, Alcalá de Henares University (Madrid)


2022 Master of Arts in Spanish | Auburn University. Auburn, AL.
Thesis: “Developing teaching materials for heritage speakers with hearing loss”

2020 Bachelor of Arts Bilingual Teaching Education | Alcalá de Henares University, Spain.
Concentration in Special Education
Senior Individualized Project: “Second language acquisition in deaf and hard of hearing”

Licensures and Certifications

2023 Certificate in the Foundations of College Instruction