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. Judith- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Judith was born and rised in Mexico by the beach in the city of Tampico. She holds  a bachelors degree in Geosciences Engineering and has worked across Mexico at the drilling rigs, after 3 years she was transferred to the US and worked as a  Geophysicist. Ms. Judith enjoys traveling especially to places that are not touristy. She knows  Mexico well from north to south and from east to west, and enjoys all their regional dishes. She loves roadtrips and camping. When her family moved from Houston to Colorado, Ms. Judith became a stay home mom. It was here that she found the amazing world of early education and teaching.  She believes that is very important to learn a second language so people can expand and share their culture and knowledge with others. 

     
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. Montana - French Instructor

 Ms. Montana is originally from San Diego where she attended The Language Academy, an immersion program that allowed her to learn the French language from a young age. Ms. Montana continued studying French at University and was able to travel abroad her Junior year where she furthered her knowledge of French at Stendhal University in the city of Grenoble. She adores sharing her love of the French language with those around her and looks forward to teaching the younger generation. Ms. Montana hopes that her passion for the French excites her students, so that they'll be able to appreciate the language as much as she does. 

 

     
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. Susana- Spanish Instructor

Welcome to Ms. Susie's class:
A proud Spanish and Cuban American, born in Miami, FL, she is enjoying the change of scenery in the outdoorsy and beautiful Colorado :) Ms. Susie comes from a long line of educators with a passion for language and culture. Since Ms. Susie was a small child herself, she has enjoyed learning new subjects, reading books, helping her mother in  her classroom, or with lesson planning. Ms. Susie also has experience as a Spanish Interpreter for the Colorado Mental Institute, in holistic nutrition and homeopathic remedies, with an associates degree in business, and a long career of sales and product demonstration. Ms. Susie's motto is: "Good things come to those who go out and work for it" She stands by this belief and in all she does she motivates and inspires others to execute their goals through positive perspective, engagement, and environments. One more motto Ms. Susie believes in: "Yes, I can" She inspires others, of all ages to dig deep for will power to get back up and try again after a failed attempt. The most important quality a teacher can posses are detail-oriented observational and listening skills. It means the world to a student of any age to be understood, listened to, and for the teacher to know how to solve an obstacle without focusing on the how and using the why to find a positive and educational solution for long term attainment. 

"You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language you live only once"
-A Czech proverb  

     
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 Mr. Carlos- Spanish Instructor

 Mr. Carlos Matute was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied Music at The University of Southern California, at The Berkeley School of Music and at The  Sweelinck Conservatorium in the Netherlands. He has worked extensively for more than 20 years as a professional pianist/composer and for four years  as a bilingual Spanish / English interpreter and translator. He believes in the power of multiculturalism as a vehicle that integrates virtues and knowledge from other countries into the community in order to open new perspectives that envigorate the social, economic and cultural status quo. Speaking more languages, as it has been studied, makes us more open-minded and helps us feel more connected to other cultures and the world. He thinks that who knows, maybe even bilingualism can foster world peace and understanding. On a final note, Mr. Carlos is an ardent admirer of art cinema, enjoys reading, and culinary activities.

     
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 Ms. Josie- Spanish Instructor

Miss Josie Valadez Fraire was born in Boulder, CO and spent her first 5 years of life in her homelands of Zacatecas, México. Since then, she has lived in Colorado. Spanish was her first language and is the main language she speaks at home with her family. She studied Psychology, Education, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has loved sharing knowledge and skills since she was young. She has worked as an Educator for several years and enjoys serving youth of all ages. Most recently, she taught 9th - 12th graders in the Denver Metro Area. She loves to be outdoors, working with our Earth, learning with youth, dancing, spending time with her family and community, and learning her indigenous language of Náhuatl. She is happiest when she is surrounded by youth!

 

     
photo Ms. Jenny- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Jenny was born in Boulder, CO and is from Zacatecas, Mexico. She is attending Metropolitan State University of Denver where she is an undergrad majoring in Psychology and will continue her studies for many years as she works towards receiving her masters and doctorate degrees. She wishes to become a Child Psychologist and create a more accessible mental health system. She has experience working with youth of all ages and has a passion for working with little ones. Recently she taught children of ages 3-4 in a local Denver daycare. She is excited to teach children Spanish, the first language that she ever spoke, as she believes that access to communication is one of the most fundamental skills for children to learn. Ms. Jenny is a tennis player, an avid reader and owns a small beadwork business. 

     
photo Ms. Valeria- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Valeria better known as Ms. V was born and raised in Nicaragua. She attended to Universidad Centroamericana, located in Managua, the capital of her home country, where she studied Humanities and Philosophy, a career that allowed her to develop her passion: teaching. Her experience as a teacher began in a bilingual High School, where she taught Social Studies and Philosophy. During that experience, Ms. V learned that her main goal as a teacher was to encourage children to dream, because dreams lead to big ideas, which can lead to innovations and changes for the future. She truly believes that a teacher can inspire kids to think beyond their comfort zones and challenge them to reach their fullest potential. Ms. V lives with a deep sense of purpose, teaching helps bring value and meaning to her life, knowing that she can create a huge impact on a child’s life, to see a student progress and grow it’s an awesome responsibility, one that she will always be willing to accept.  She really appreciates you for allowing her to be part of your child’s education. 
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”   Malala Yousafzai