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.
Sebastian is an Argentine native. In his country, he studied Psychology, Theater, and Music. After moving to Seattle 19 years ago, he has dedicated himself to teaching Spanish in preschools and elementary schools, while also raising his four bilingual boys. He believes in making the learning process both fun and educational. In these pandemic days, he is studying to get a degree in Spanish, plays a lot of music, and walks his dog Matilda miles a day.
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.