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.
Sebastian was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He has a degree in Advertising and Communication. He loves to share his knowledge and language with his students. In his classes, he seeks to develop the different skills to make his students communicate naturally in Spanish. Some of his favorite activities include reading, cycling, pickleball, traveling and walking.
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.
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.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Leah moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina as a teenager. She then returned to the United States and obtained a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in Spanish. She went on to obtain a second bachelor’s in Spanish and ESOL Education and a master’s in Bilingual Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she also worked for the College of Education. Leah has a decade of experience teaching adults as well as at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels. When she isn’t teaching, Leah enjoys urban exploring, going to the coast, and trying new restaurants.
Caroní Arias was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She has a degree in Administration Management and started teaching English for elementary and secondary students at the Merchants Marines School while still in college. Five years ago she moved to the Dominican Republic and starting working in a bilingual school as a Science Teacher in English for elementary and high school students. After 2 years she was promoted to become the Project Coordinator for the whole school. Caroni moved to the US in 2019.