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 Mr. Remi- French and Spanish instructor

Mr.  Rémi is a French and Spanish teacher.
He is 31 years old and grew up in Paris. Mr. Remi graduated from Paris V La Sorbonne in Sociology, and then started to travel the world. He lived in Barcelona and traveled two years around South America before moving in the US in Denver.
Mr. Remi has a lot of experience working with kids at schools in Paris (from kinder garden to high school) during 5 years.
He teaches French and Spanish in the most playful and useful way, always trying to make it fun and learn at the same time.

 

     
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.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. 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 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.

 

     
photo Ms. Bethany- Spanish Instructor

   Ms. Bethany is from Pennsylvania.  She started taking Spanish classes in junior high and fell in love with the language.  She spent a semester abroad in Granada, Spain while studying for her bachelors in Anthropology.  Upon graduation, she attended field school in the Peruvian highlands visiting various villages, studying traditional festivals and medicine. After her program finished she started  teaching English as a second language in a small language institute in Huaraz.  Since then she has taught ESL all over the world, in Pittsburgh, South Korean, Japan, Chile, and even on a cruiseship.  She has taught as young as two years old up to over seventy years old in various classroom settings.  
       Bethany has also studied and interned with Earthships, an architecture company that designs houses out of recycled materials that produce their own food, energy, and water.  She bought a one way ticket to Ushuaia, Argentina to build an earthship.  She ended up moving to Chile for two years, helping rebuild houses for a community which lost everything in a massive fire.  She worked with various non profits, working with the neighborhood and running workshops for the children. She then spent some time in Bolivia, getting to know the highlands and jungle.
     Upon returning back to the US, Bethany worked as a professional dog walker, walking up to nine pooches at a time.  She adores all animals and loves spending time with them.  She is currently a graduate student at Naropa University studying Wilderness Therapy.  She aims to work with clients while on wilderness excursions  and backpacking trips.
 

 

     
photo Ms. Yini - Mandarin Instructor

Ms. Yini Chen is from Shnaghai, China. Her undergraduate major in Shanghai, China was art education. She received her Master's degree in Teaching English as Second Language from Colorado State University at the end of 2019. During her four-year undergraduate study in Shanghai, she has one year's teaching experience in Chinese and one year's teaching experience in English. In addition, she obtained the elementary school Chinese teacher certification in China. In her free time Ms. Yini enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing volleyball. She looks forward to providing each of her students with a pleasant Chinese learning experience.

     
photo Ms. Angel- Spanish Instructor

¡Hola!  This will be Ms. Angel's 17th year working as an educator in some aspect.  She is a native Spanish speaker and sharing the love for her language and culture has become her passion. Ms. Angel was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She loves teaching Spanish and tries to bring as much of her culture into the classroom as possible. Her experience has been that students love to listen to music in Spanish, learn about cultural differences and traditions, and have fun while learning a new language. Ms. Angel believes that a good education shapes not only minds, but hearts as well. And that by learning a different language and traditions, especially at a young age, can make students more culturally appreciative. This allows them to incorporate that appreciation into their daily and future lives. It is an honor to help shape young minds in learning a new language that can be intimidating.  Ms. Angel believes, however, that her enthusiastic, cultural approach to teaching Spanish enables students to acquire language skills in a manner that keeps them interested and motivated. This is how she studied. 

Ms. Angel is a grandma of 10  beautiful grandchildren. Although they do not live as close as she would like, they speak daily. It is important for Ms. Angel to continue to build her relationships with these wonderful developing minds hungering for cultural stimulation. 
She currently resides in Thornton, Colorado with her husband.  In her free time,  she loves to write, garden and cook! ¡Comidas deliciosas!
I look forward to this wonderful year. 
Gracias y ¡Hasta pronto!

     
photo Ms. Dalila- Spanish Instructor

Ms. Dalila was born in the city of Brooklyn New York and her family is from Mexico city at the age of two her parents took them to Mexico, she studied marketing at UNAM university, volunteer at children's hospital passionate about communications decides moving to the mountains with her aunt and taking English class as her second language in Colorado Mountain College in the city of Steamboat Springs, three years later She decided to move to the city of Denver, to test in the world of journalism on a television network of Spanish speakers, starting as a master control operator and focusing on news production, currently she resides for 4 years in Denver and has a wide connection with children loves to teach, music, play, dance, and is very creative, in her spare time She likes to swim, climb the mountains ride a bike.
 it is where we come to learn and day by day we learn new things to inspire future generations.