Charles Rand grew up in San Diego, California. He holds a BA in Spanish and French Comparative Literature from the University of California, and two masters: one in Spanish Literature from Harvard University, and the other in Language Education from the University of Texas, Austin. Having lived in Spain and Mexico for nearly 7 years, he has native-like Spanish fluency. He teaches Spanish at Austin Community College and Huston-Tillotson University. Charles has also completed classes in language interpretation, and views accurate interpretation as essential in providing assistance to those who cannot make their voices heard without a linguistic intermediary. Charles loves reading in Spanish and traveling. He is a member of the board of the non-profit 501c3, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, atcf.org.