Dr. Carlos Villafane earned his PhD in Classics and Ancient History and his Master’s in Ancient History at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. He received his Bachelor’s degree in European History from the University of Puerto Rico where he graduated magna cum laude. He served as a teaching assistant, a classics teacher, and a residential advisor while at the University of Liverpool. He was most recently in Illinois at Monmouth College where his wife, Jennifer Martinez, PhD, was a lecturer and looks forward to exploring the terrain in New England.
Carlos and Jennifer met during "Noche de San Juan" (or Saint John's Eve), which is a traditional celebration going back centuries. At midnight, people go to the beach and fall backwards into the water several times. It’s supposed to give you good luck for the year. Carlos says, “it definitely worked for us!”
Carlos might also tell you that the best thing about studying and working abroad was living in different cultures. Having studied history, and being a language enthusiast, he loved meeting people from different backgrounds and learning about history in all the places he has lived. Carlos comes from a sports family - his grandfather was a professional shot putter and his brother was a professional basketball player for 18 years, having placed in NCAA Division I, Puerto Rico's professional Basketball league, and the Puerto Rico National Team. While not a professional athlete, Carlos is a huge supporter of Liverpool FC (the best soccer team in England) and likes to watch their games on weekends. He is also an amateur genealogist and has spent years building his family tree.
A native Spanish speaker, Carlos is fluent in English and has advanced knowledge of Greek and Latin; he can also communicate in French, Italian, and German. He grew up in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, where he lived by the ocean most of his life. He likes to read, watch movies, enjoy the local wildlife, and walk nature trails. He believes he learns from his students as they learn from him and is excited about preparing students for college. Carlos is well-published and has conducted considerable research and looks to helping students find their own passions. At Holderness, Carlos teaches Spanish and History and is the assistant coach for the cross country running team and coaches Boys’ JV Basketball. Carlos and Jennifer live in Lower Webster. No pets yet but being animal lovers, that is likely to change.