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.
George Bazaes was born in Illinois, but raised in Santiago, Chile where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering while working as an assistant Instructor at the University Mayor. He moved to Utah in 2014 to earn a second bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Commercial/Spanish from Weber State University. He is currently working on finishing his master’s degree in Education. While living in Utah George began his teaching career as an Adjunct Instructor for Weber State teaching Introduction to Computers and Microsoft Office, as well as Easy Spanish for Travelers. George moved to Washington in April 2019. When he is not teaching, he is busy spending time with family, and playing the accordion.
Monica was born and raised in Colombia. She studied in Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes (BA in Graphic Art and Illustration) and the Art Institute of Seattle (Master Certificate in Web Design). Monica has taught her native language in many dual language schools in the Seattle area including John Stanford International School, New Discovery, and John Hay Elementary. She has also worked with adults as a teacher and curriculum development specialist at a variety of Spanish Language institutes. She loves spending time with her children outdoors, playing with her dog, and creating new and exciting art projects.
Isis was born in Mexico City; where she studied to become a preschool teacher. She has been working with kids for more than eight years and has an excellent ability to teach Spanish language through music, interactive reading, and games. Isis enjoys baking, going for long walks and dancing to Latin music.
Karla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and an Early Childhood Education degree. Her internship allowed her to work with a variety of age groups including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children with special needs. She firmly believes that children learn through play and that they learn at their own pace and according to their own interests. She loves to share her knowledge, her language and culture with her students. When she is not teaching, she enjoys gardening, reading, and spending quality time with her 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.
Yanko is originally from Havana, Cuba. He has also lived in Santiago de Chile, Barcelona, Madrid and, since 2019, in Seattle. He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Havana and a Master's Degree in Contemporary Studies from the University A. Hurtado (Santiago de Chile). In 2017 Yanko completed a Ph.D. at the University of Barcelona with research on the study of contemporary culture. He is passionate about a variety of topics including philosophy, history and politics, always with a strong focus on the study of culture and language.
Nick graduated with two BA's from Williams College in 2011. Years later, he went to Venezuela to teach and work as a college advisor at an international school. He taught Math, Science, and ESL while studying part-time to earn a Master’s in Education. He is a member of the math faculty at Seattle Academy (SAAS) and regularly takes on projects as a curriculum consultant for math and science across the country. Over the next few years, he'd like to secure a Ph.D. and work more on curriculum development for IB programs, particularly looking at middle-high school transitions. Nick enjoys riding his bike, hiking, and cooking with his two children.