Dr. Cecily Lee

Associate Professor of Spanish
Department Chair
AM, Washington University
MAT, Webster University
BA, Principia College

Before joining the faculty at Principia, Cecily Lee lived and worked in Mexico for 20 years, holding managerial positions at the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico and writing for Business Mexico. As the sole liaison in Mexico for the U.S. government’s Inter-American Foundation, Lee helped nurture innovative development approaches for local social entrepreneurs. She also served as a translator and interpreter for an NGO, the United Nation’s Pan American Health Organization, international corporations, and academic institutions, including serving as translation editor for El Colegio de México’s publication of an economics text in Spanish.

Prior to working in Mexico, Lee was manager of programs at the International Management and Development Institute in Washington, DC. And while spearheading a project on international corporate citizenship  in conjunction with the State Department’s Office of Private Cooperation, she edited the series Top Management Reports, a forum for CEOs of   international corporations to share their vision for and practice of corporate responsibility.

Lee’s teaching career began in Mexico, where she taught at bilingual schools and a trilingual one. On her return to the U.S., she taught Spanish at Principia School for eight years. She now teaches Spanish in the Languages and Cultures Department, as well as occasional courses in French and Portuguese. Lee particularly values providing students immersion experiences in the language and culture being studied, so she has led numerous study abroad programs to Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Lee is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and she was recognized by the Foreign Language Teachers Association for her multiyear service as president of the local chapter of the American Association of the Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.