Juan Carlos Contreras' work as a Spanish teacher, visual media artist and musician has been greatly influenced by having been born within a community of musicians and intellectuals in the streets of Lima, in his native Peru.
During his college years in South America at the University of Lima, Juan Carlos joined several music bands participating in festivals and concerts, playing the local scene in Lima, and recording commercials for radio and TV. As with many Peruvians during the 80's, he moved to Southern California in 1984, in search for better opportunities and due to the economic and political situation in Peru, at the time.
Juan Carlos graduated from Chapman University in 1993, completing a B.A. in Liberal Studies and Foreign Languages receiving an award for "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior." He also received the "Most Outstanding Student Award," in recognition of his leadership qualities and enthusiasm. Juan Carlos is also a member of Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars . In 2003, Juan Carlos earned a Masters of Science in Educational Technology from National University. Juan Carlos has been awarded in two ocassions, in 2005 and 2007, the CTAP Educational Technology Grant, offered by the Orange County Department of Education. His project, "Al Son de la Literatura Hispanoamericana," from his AP Spanish Literature class, was selected to be showcased by the California Technology Assistance Project in 2008.
Juan Carlos currently teaches Spanish Language classes and the AP Spanish Literature class at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, California. In February, 2011, Juan Carlos was selected to represent Saddleback as the 2011 Teacher of the Year.