Iziar was born in the Basque country, a Spanish region located between France and Spain. She attended the Lycée français in San Sebastián (one of the cities in the world with most Michelin star restaurants), and fell in love with the French language. She studied two years of law but decided to change her path to follow her passion for the French language. She was admitted in the rigorous and selective École Supérieure d’Interprètes et de Traducteurs (also known as ESIT) from the Sorbonne University, and moved to Paris to study Translation (French, English & Spanish). She obtained a Master’s degree in Foreign Applied Languages (Masters 1), a diploma in Translation and a Master’s degree in Specialized Translation (DESS, Masters 2). She worked for two years as a translator, editor and content supervisor for publishing houses like Larousse, localizing and subtitling companies, museums such as the Musée de la Marine, the Institut du Monde Arabe, and for the luxury industry. This rich experience allowed her to create her own successful translation company, where she managed a large team of translators. After eighteen years in Paris and a successful career, she decided to expand her horizons and challenge herself by signing up for a PhD in French at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her studies at The Graduate Center have offered her not only a true multicultural and diverse experience but also a modern, student-centered approach.
Since 2011, Iziar has been teaching all levels of French to students from all over the world. Since she recently completed her PhD in French Studies she will be able to tell you all about Lupin (one of the best series on Netflix based on the serialized novels of 19th-century’s gentleman-thief Arsène Lupin), his predecessors in Alexandre Dumas’ and Honoré de Balzac’s novels and many other French-speaking detectives since she has become an expert in 19th to 21st -century French and Francophone detective and crime novels (and TV series). She tutors children attending middle and high school, and specializes in coaching for test preparation. Iziar is a creative teacher with great online and in person skills She currently teaches French and Comparative Literature at Bernard Baruch College.
When she is not working, Iziar loves to read the press, try new restaurants with her family, and look out for travel destinations.