Hadley Forst grew up in Tucson before moving to Maui to live with family after high school. There she worked on her Bachelor’s degree part time at the University of Hawaii while working full time and teaching dance and acrobatics. She eventually returned to Arizona, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 with a BA in Spanish and minors in History and Latin American Studies. She then went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish degree, graduating with distinction in 2017 from Northern Arizona University. While working on her MAT, she studied linguistics, pedagogy and literature, discovered her passion for research, and received the award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching. After graduating from NAU, she taught a variety of beginning and intermediate level Spanish language courses there, both in person and online, as well as redesigned and taught an introductory interdisciplinary course on Latin American Culture for freshman.
Hadley returned to Tucson in 2018 and is currently pursuing her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics while continuing to teach Spanish language courses. Her main areas of interest include speech perception and production, phonetics, phonology, bilingualism, and second language acquisition and teaching.