Teachers

photo Ms. Tatiana- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Tatiana was born and raised in Bolivia. She has a Bachelor´s degree in Geological Engineering and Law and currently pursuing a Master´s degree in Water Engineering and Management at CU Boulder. Ms. Tatiana worked in the public and private sector but also taught in college. She really loves to read books, camping, and doing both at the same time. She also enjoys learning new things in all areas. Ms. Tatiana believes that curiosity leads us to marvelous discoveries. My goal is to work for NASA and lead a Foundation to help people have a better access to safe water. She believes that knowledge is power so mastering two languages definitely provide more opportunities. Let´s go Spanish!

     
photo Ms. Karla - Spanish Instructor

Ms. Karla was born and raised in El Salvador located in Central America. She has a bachelor degree in Marketing, during her time in university she was working in AIESEC, a non-profit organization, as a vice-president in Marketing. She was helping young people to explore their leadership potential empowering them through cultural understanding and experiential learning. Ms. Karla has been mathematics and statistics tutor in schools. In 2016 she traveled to Costa Rica to enhance the learning fundamentals of yoga, where she learned the teachings of yoga and its training. Currently, she is a mom of a 7 months old, she can say this is the happiest time of her life. Everyday is a learning experience with her baby. Ms. Karla always knew she had a special connection with kids, they are so fun! Her favorite hobbies are: practice yoga, listen to music, cook new vegan recipes, learn healing techniques through Ayurveda and go for a walks with her baby.

 

     
photo Ms. Karen- Spanish Instructor

Welcome to Ms. Karen's class, although the little ones  call her Ms. Kay. She is a proud Mexican - American, born in San Diego, CA and raised in beautiful Colorado. Ms. Karen is a mother of 2 little boys. She has an extensive background in sales, marketing, recruiting and business. She studied cosmetology and still does it for friends and family. Her biggest passion has always been to help others.  Ms. Karen believes the root of success is self investment and she strongly believes when a teacher is as invested as the student, as a team they light a bright fire to persevere through all obstacles and accomplish one's dreams and goals. She truly believes a teacher can make a huge and positive difference in students' life. She still remembers her teachers that made the most difference in her life and that is what she wants to give back to the world. 

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. " - Brad Henry.

     
photo Ms. Velia- Spanish Instructor

Maestra Velia is a proud native of Gómez Palacio, Durango, México. In 2000, Velia’s family moved to Aurora and created a new home. In Aurora Public Schools she learned English as a second language and so found her love for language learning and teaching.
Velia continued to Colorado State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education. Velia’s labor of love is the journey; the great joy in accompanying students through challenge and success. She has a committed approach to developing oral and written skills and a mission to spark students’ curiosity around identity, culture, and language.
Since 2013, her professional focus is twofold: foreign language acquisition and literacy development for native Spanish speakers. In addition to teaching, Velia is active in social movement around Language Access and Education and is an avid listener of cumbias and banda.

 

     
photo Ms.Victoria - Spanish Instructor

Ms. Victoria, born and raised in Venezuela, is a bilingual professional and language educator. As someone who was fully bilingually educated from the beginning of her life, she understands the nuances and challenges of learning a language that doesn’t surround you. She pursued a degree in Modern Languages, where she developed her French skills. She has been working as a licensed language teacher since 2013, teaching both English and Spanish to children, teenagers and adults. Ms. Victoria not only feels passionate about teaching, but she has tremendous curiosity about human behavior. This has led her to perform her job in five different countries, and learn how to make the most out of cultural differences and come up with a common goal in the classroom. She likes to have fun with her students, and give them the opportunity to produce the language as much as possible. Her goal as a teacher is to create a safe, fun-collaborative environment for her students.

She wants to inspire her students to be curious, to open new paths for themselves and to follow their dreams.


“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” - Walt Disney.

     
photo Ms. Sabine- French Instructor

Ms. Sabine Lerus-Watson is a French-American Citizen. She was born and raised in  Paris (France). Ms. Sabine is a dedicated Educator committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating,  encouraging and supportive for all students. She has been teaching French Language in the Denver Area for
the past 14 years.  Ms. Sabine is passionate about After School Enrichment programs. Sharing her Culture with the kiddos gives her joy!
5 broad subjects which she likes to cover in the classroom :
- Language in the heart of the activities
- Learning to live together
- Learning to move about and express yourself
- Discovery of the world around us
- Imagination, discovery of the senses, creativity.
As a French Instructor, she acts as a guide, promoting respect for all things and all people.
Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. She likes to challenge “the students” and watch them grow to their full potential. Allow a freedom for expression and creativity.
In her free time, she loves to cook, dance and sing in my Choir at Church. She also enjoys spending time with her French bulldog in the beautiful Colorado nature.

 

     
photo Ms. Dahlia- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Dahlia was born and raised in Denver Colorado, her mother and father are from Chihuahua, Mexico. Her parents felt it was important for their children to be fluent in English and Spanish, therefore they raised their children in a Spanish-speaking household.  Schooling exposed her to the English language. Raised near Westminster, Colorado, she attended high school at Iver C. Ranum.   The high school partnered with Englewood Beauty College to give students a career opportunity coupled with a high school diploma.  Ms. Dahlia became a cosmetologist a month before high school graduation. Ms. Dahlia continued her education by attending Metro State University, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and a minor in Sociology.  

Ms. Dahlia’s interest in teaching children sparked after she was awarded the Benjamin A. Gillman Scholarship for a study abroad in Bangalore, India. She volunteered at a nearby school to help children with basic computer skills, as well as at a daycare to supervise and teach under privileged children, and at a nearby all-female orphanage, where she organized a collection of donations to help aid with much needed toys, school supplies, field trips, and clothing for the children. After her return, she volunteered on campus at the International Studies Office where she gave presentations to faculty, staff, and students about her experiences abroad and the benefits and value of studying abroad. She values culture, language and managing/teaching people with kindness and respect.  

Hobbies: Snowboarding, hiking, traveling, dancing (salsa, bachata, cumbia and merengue), reading a great book and learning.  

“Viva la Vida” – Frida Kahlo 

 

     
photo Ms. Ana- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Ana was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She has a Bachelor in Education with a Major in Physical Mathematics and Religious Science. Also, she studied Psychology specializing in Learning Problems with kids. These studies gave the opportunity to work in the Specialized office of sensorial integration, language and learning. Then, she developed her the ability to interact with an interdisciplinary team of specialist to support infants, children and parents.
She worked as a teacher with diverse levels and subjects in public and private schools in Lima. Her commitment and discipline allowed her to be chosen as coordinator of the Catholic Education Office in Lima, where she supervised and advised teachers from various schools. As a coordinator Ana organized and implemented various social work projects throughout the districts of Lima. 
 Ana desires to know the world and cross the barriers of the language. This motivated her to study English. This allowed her to meet people from different countries and to start traveling overseas to improve her fluency at English. Ana met her husband, who is a native of Colorado, in Lima. Her husband motivated her to leave everything for love, and start a new life together in USA. 
Her favorite phrase is: “It is not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts” (Mother Theresa) Her favorite hobbies are: dancing, listening to Latino music, cooking Peruvian cuisine, traveling and hiking. 

 

     
photo Ms. Gabby - Mandarin Chinese Instructor

Ms. Gabriella is a native Chinese speaker. She was born and raised in HongKong, China. She has been in the U.S. for 4 years. Ms. Gabriella is currently a nursing student at CU Anschutz. She has been teaching Mandarin Chinese for two years, and has been a Sunday school teacher for three years. In her free time, she likes cooking, hiking, workingout and spending time with family and her dog. 

Ms. Gabriella is looking forward to working with your children and teaching them Chinese. 

 

     
photo Ms. Summer- Mandarin Chinese Instructor

Ms. Summer is a native Chinese speaker. She was born and raised in Chengdu, China. She graduated from University of Electronic Science and Technology in China. (She has been studying ESL since coming to the U.S. ) She has Mandarin Proficiency Test Certificates and she has taught various enrichment classes in Elementary schools in China. In her free time, she likes reading, spending time with family and her friends. She very much enjoys working with children.  She is patient and responsible.

     
photo Ms. Claudia- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Claudia was born and raised in Chile.  She grew up attending Italian school and is fluent in Italian.  Her later education was devoted to Germann.  In fact, she has taught German in Elementary and High School and worked as an interpreter for German organizations and companies working Chile.  Ms. Claudia has also studied French and speaks a little bit of Portuguese.   She loves to speak different languages, because it opens communication with people of different countries and cultures.  When you know three languages, you can easily pick up your fourth language.    Ms. Claudia is an enthusiastic person and she enjoys her work. 

     
photo Mr. Miriam- Spanish Instructor

Miriam Himes is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters in Spanish Language and Literature. During her academic career, Miriam worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Spanish department as well as a tutor for students of all ages. She taught at her university for a year before moving out west to Colorado this fall. She has also had the opportunity to travel to a myriad of Spanish-speaking countries for extended periods of time including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Perú, the Dominican Republic, and completed her study abroad in Spain. When she isn’t working, Miriam loves to read, go on long walks and hikes with her two dogs, and listen to music.

     
  Mr. Daniel- Mandarin Chinese Instructor

Daniel Morse began learning Chinese Mandarin at the Army Language School in Monterey, California at age 17.  He received the Commandant's Award as the number 1 student with a GPA of 3.96.  He then served two enlistments in Taiwan as an Interpreter and Purchasing Agent.  After discharge, Daniel earned a BA and an MA in Chinese Language and Literature at San Francisco State College (became University meanwhile).  Daniel finished academic studies in 1981.  In the years that followed, Daniel ventured to Changsha, Hunan on the Mainland to teach English and Business courses at Central South University, Hunan International Economics University and Dell and Birmingham English schools.  Meanwhile Daniel began writing short stories in Chinese for publication in local organs.  With over 45 years of teaching experience, Daniel continues teaching instead of retiring.  For the past 4 years, Daniel has taught Chinese to students of the Denver Chinese Language Students.  For the past 6 years, Daniel has taught developmental English to refugee children at Place Bridge Academy.  Daniel's language teaching method relies heavily on touching objects while talking in the target language about them.

     
photo Ms. Yun- Mandarin Chinese Instructor

Yun is a native Chinese speaker from Shanghai, China. She was the coordinator and language teacher of Mandarin Chinese Program at the International School of Denver. She has an MBA from Napier University in Scotland. Her Bachelors was in Education from Wuhan Normal University. Mrs. Doyle participated in the Chinese Government’s Hanban and Confucius Institute teaching program.

Yun served as an administrator for Wuhan Central Government and later as a management trainer for HireRight Consulting in Shanghai. She developed and delivered training programs such as Communication Skills, Customer Service, Professional Interviewing, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, and Team Building. She was the Training Manager for several multinational corporations. She has delivered motivational and marketing seminars to audiences as large as 5000 employees at a time. She has received numerous awards for public speaking and been a radio hostess. Mrs. Doyle taught Mandarin Chinese through the Great Wall Chinese Academy and coordinated the Academy’s after school Chinese language programs. 

     
photo Ms. Monica- Spanish Instructor

¡Hola! Ms. Mónica Tovar is a native Spanish, born and raised in Murcia (Spain), very near to the Mediterranean Coast. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain. After that, moved by her interest in teaching and her two passions, mathematics and Spanish culture, she further specialized by studying two Master Degrees in Middle and High School Teaching, with specialization in Mathematics and another in teaching Spanish as a Second Language, both from the International University of La Rioja. 
Ms. Mónica moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, 5 years ago and she is now on a new exciting experience in Boulder, Colorado, where she is looking forward to further develop her professional career. Currently, she is a Spanish tutor for elementary grades in levels A1, A2 and B1 and examiner of Diploma of Spanish as foreign language (DELE) in all levels for the Cervantes Institute.
She is passionate about transmitting the Spanish culture to children. As part of her teaching philosophy, Ms. Mónica takes the learning experience to the next level through games and other dynamic activities, facilitating the engagement of the students and their cultural immersion. When she is not at work, she likes to spend time outdoors with her husband and friends. Ms. Mónica also enjoys listening to music and playing the saxophone. However, living in Colorado makes her miss the Mediterranean Sea.