Deacon Gustavo Azpilcueta


Classes: Spanish 1 & 2

I was born in Mexico; I studied Geology and Mining Engineering and earned my Master’s Degree in Administration in Chihuahua City. While living there, I taught earth sciences and blasting operations at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua.

In 2012, the company I was working for offered me a job in Alaska as a Technical Services Engineer in blasting operations for mining and construction, so my family and I emigrated directly from Chihuahua. In 2018, I was asked to move to North Carolina, but by then we had developed strong ties to the community and didn’t want to leave, so declined the job transfer. Also in 2018 after five years of preparation, I was ordained as Deacon in the Catholic Church and have been serving the Hispanic Catholic community in Anchorage since then. My family enjoys outdoor activities in Alaska and we are all learning how to fish and hunt! In 2021, my wife and I were blessed with our first Alaskan granddaughter.

Last school year, I was the Substitute Spanish II Teacher at Lumen, this year I will be full time for both Spanish I and II. I am very motivated to teach the Spanish language to Lumen Christi students. My goal is to develop a lifelong interest in this beautiful, joyful, and romantic language in a happy and safe environment with Catholic values.