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. Anna- Spanish Instructor

Hola!
Ms. Anna Ochoa and was born in St Helena, California, although she spent most of her life living in Jalisco Mexico, the birth state of the Mariachi.She obtained her Teaching degree in Elementary Education from Escuela Normal Fray Martin de Valencia located in Etzatlan Jalisco Mexico. Ms. Anna's passion for education started from an early age, being inspired by her own Teachers. She loves helping people, especially when she can teach them something new. During her 12 years of experience in education, Ms. Anna has learned that early education will always keep minds open to new learning. She enjoys going for a run, riding a bicycle and reading. A tradition that they have in her family is that every year they travel to Jalisco, Mexico to spend time with family and friends. While in Mexico, they also enjoy planning trips to locations they have not visited and mainly to the beaches. Ms. Anna appreciates every day she gets the opportunity to teach and hopes to always inspire students to learn, just as her teachers did before.


“Each language is a different way of looking at life.”

Federico Fellini

     
photo Ms. Mariana - Spanish Instructor

Ms. Mariana is a very lively young lady from Puerto Rico who is very passionate about education and languages. She has 2 years of experience teaching children, and looks forward to meeting and helping more students. 
Ms. Mariana’s main goal is to create an environment where students can develop their passion for Spanish language and culture. She is an active believer in the student motivation as the main key to learn and the teacher is the one who expands and facilitates their curiosity and interest. In her view, all of this can be achieved by creating the right environment.
 

     
photo Ms. Servane- French Instructor

Servane Reimer was born and raised in France, and after an international career in New York, Paris, Hong Kong and London, she decided to call Denver home.  As a French native, she is passionate about teaching not only the beauty of the French language but also the richness of the French culture. She raised two bilingual daughters and had the pleasure of teaching children of various age levels as well as adults. “I recognize French language acquisition is rather difficult which is why I believe it is important to actively engage the students as well as emphasize creative teaching approaches. I look forward to sharing my passion for the French language with your children!”

 

     
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. Alfonso- Spanish Instructor

Mr. Alfonso is originally from Peru, and has lived in Denver, CO for the last 13 years. He loves Colorado and considers it his second home. He enjoys meeting new people, exploring the outdoors and nature, playing sports such as soccer, and running. He is bilingual in Spanish and English. In regards to his professional and academic experience, he is a highly driven and resourceful professional backed by several years in corporate global mobility, project management, relocation, as well as extensive success in customer-focused roles. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management, and Master of Science in Project Leadership and Management from Regis University. In the past, he has coached soccer to children, and he currently works within the non-profit industry. He is definitely excited about giving back to his community, and having the opportunity of supporting children with the Spanish language. 

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GREAT TO START, BUT YOU HAVE TO START TO BE GREAT.” –ZIG ZIGLAR

     
  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.