Angeles Balestra is an Adjunct Lecturer at LaGuardia Community College and Queensborough Community College in the Program of Modern Languages and Literatures. She holds an AA in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College (2000) a BS in Education from St. John’s University (2003) and MA in Spanish Language and Literature from St. John’s University ( 2008) with Certification in Latin America an Caribbean Studies and minor in Italian Language and Literature (2018). Her scholarly awards and recognition include the 1999 Dean’s List at Nassau Community College. In May 2000, Angeles Balestra was a recipient of NCC Foundation Academic Area Award in Foreign languages (Italian and Spanish). From May 2001 to 2002 she was the Dean’s List for Academic excellence in the School of Education ( 2001- 2002), and is listed in the United States Achievement Academic National Collegiate Awards, Vol.XVIII, and All- American Scholar Yearbook, Vol.19.