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.
Monica was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Art from Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes University. She is a translator of children’s books and an accomplished graphic designer. Monica uses art to engage children with Spanish through creative expression.
Monica taught Spanish at New Discovery school for 3 years while her children were in pre-school there, and continued to be very involved as a parent teaching Spanish at the John Stanford International school (K-5th grade). She also was the lead Spanish teacher at John Hay Elementary, worked as an advance Spanish teacher for the Language Link, was the director assistant for La Casita Feliz an immersion Spanish preschool and was the lead teacher for k-1 grades at Amistad School; a bilingual, bicultural and duo-immersion private school.
Monica latest accomplished was finishing her Non Profit management certification at University of Washington. Where she developed a profound passion for continuing expending her leadership skills in communication, coaching , development and teamwork.
Monica has solid skills in immersion style language instruction.
Spending time with her children outdoors, playing with her dog and creating new and exciting art projects are Monica’s spare time favorite activities.
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.
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.
Virna Valeria Jerez
Virna was born in Managua, Nicaragua. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Law, from the Universidad Catolica. Her personality has led her to develop a professional career in marketing. She considers herself an organized, positive, and dedicated person. She challenges herself to learn, from every life experience. She is very exited to share and teach her native language and culture. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking.
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.
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.
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.