Meet our talented, diverse and dedicated team of instructors
Our Spanish instructors are carefully selected based on their native fluency, education, real life experience, and love of teaching. Though our instructors specialize in a range of disciplines including language, music, film, drama, dance, we share a passion for our culture and language, and are committed to creating a learning environment centered around the needs of our students.
If you’re interested in teaching with us please visit our Employment Opportunities page. We love fresh and inspiring minds!
Marcella was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She started working as a preschool and elementary school English teacher in her country. After moving to the United States, Marcella worked for many years helping local non-profits develop educational programs for low-income families and young children. In 1996 she founded The Spanish Language School out of her passion for learning, teaching and sharing her native language and culture with others. When she is not teaching, you can usually find her cooking at home, dancing, hiking, or cycling at the Sammamish River Trail.
Francisco was born in the south of Spain where he has lived most of his life. He earned a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Training of Teachers of Spanish at the Universidad de Barcelona. He is charismatic and energetic, and has been teaching his native language in his own country and also abroad for several years now. Francisco has been working in many different language schools including the well known Instituto Cervantes. He is a passionate musician and lives in Seattle. You can find him playing his music around the endless venues of Puget Sound.
Adrian Neri Reyes
Adrian is from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He has a BA in Communication and a BA in Art Education. Since 1990, he has been teaching Spanish to young children and adults. He was the director of a digital newspaper in Mexico and a member of his local city council. He is currently pursuing a BA in History and working on a personal journalism project. Adrian is very dynamic, and in his spare time he loves walking, photography, languages, movies, reading, traveling, meeting people and enjoying time with his friends and family.
Silvia was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Since 2000, she has been working in the early childhood field as a preschool and elementary Spanish teacher. She loves inspiring young learners and finding new ways to ignite their curiosity. She is a Play and Learn group facilitator and has been implementing Spanish immersion programs for 10 years. She enjoys dancing, cooking, sewing, outdoor activities, and exploring new hobbies. She lives in Shoreline with her four children, her husband, and their two dogs.
Yesenia was born in Jalisco, Mexico. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in accounting at the Universidad de Guadalajara. After moving to the United States, she worked in the Tax Preparation field before discovering her passion for teaching. She has been a teacher for adults ever since! Yesenia enjoys cooking, volunteering, crafting, playing soccer and spending time with her family. She lives in Edmonds with her two daughters and her husband.
Cesar Lopez was born in Colima, Mexico and at the age of 16 he moved to United States. He graduated from Granger High School and later on from Seattle Central College. He is currently finalizing his Bachelor’s in Children’s Studies at Eastern Washington University. He is passionate about languages and art. Cesar is an avid writer and multilingual author. He loves teaching children foreign languages, especially French, Spanish and English.
Argelia is originally from Mexico. After majoring in Social Communication, she started her teaching career as a Literature teacher at her local High School. Argelia is a creative, resourceful and energetic instructor. She incorporates the traditions and language of her beloved Mexico in all of her lesson plans. In addition to teaching, Argelia volunteers in the Shoreline School District as a "Natural Leader", a program to help all children succeed in schools by connecting schools, families and students. She lives in Shoreline with her husband and daughters.
Born and raised in South Texas along the present day Mexico/US border Sephy Elizai attended primary school and the first year of secondary school in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He continued in the US educational system ultimately attending Seattle University where he graduated with a BA in Business Administration. His postgraduate studies were conducted through a satellite program in Applied Linguistics at the University of Liverpool, England. This program included an internship with the Israeli Ministry of Education teaching English to Hebrew speakers in Tel Aviv
Upon his return to the States Sephy began using his skills in applied linguistics by teaching his mother tongue, Spanish to English speakers at Mount Madonna School in Watsonville, California and Kirby School in Santa Cruz, California. Presently he resides in Seattle, Washington, where he continues teaching Spanish.