George Watson-López

George Watson-López



The son of Costa Rican immigrants, George Watson-López majored in Spanish at Boston University and attained his master’s degree from Middlebury College.

Watson-López taught Spanish at Walpole High School for over thirty-five years before retiring from public education in 2011. He chaired the Foreign Language Department from 1980-2011, where he oversaw five language programs, coordinated an exchange program with Palmares, Costa Rica, and instituted a Global Studies Certification program. In 2009, he was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by The Council of Chief State School Officers and was honored at the White House in President Barack Obama’s first Rose Garden reception.

Currently, Watson-López is Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Besides Advanced Placement® Spanish Language and Culture, he has given Pre-AP® workshops in strategies for vertical teaming, and interpretive and interpersonal communication. He has also given numerous workshops in Massachusetts on the use of Latin music in the Spanish classroom, a topic he weaves into all his workshops and institutes. He has been a table leader at the AP® Reading grading of the speaking portion of the AP® Spanish Language and Culture exam for over nine years.

Watson-López lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with his wife, Janet. They enjoy spending time with their sons, Marcus and Michael, and their daughters-in-law, Shannon and Jesse, either in Massachusetts, Minnesota or at "Villa Watson" in Tambor, Costa Rica.

Watson-López was a valued member of Wayside Publishing's EntreCulturas 1 author team alongside Ann Mar, Robert L. Davis, and Maritza Sloan.