Paula Garcia, Licensed Preschool Teacher, Bilingual teacher
Hi ! My name is Paula Garcia, I am a native Spanish speaker born and raised in Montevideo-Uruguay. I have been working as a teacher assistant for the last 9 years. I have my credentials as a Pre-school educator from my country. In Uruguay, I was the director of a home-based child development center started by my grandparents. I am now taking classes at Harbor college and working towards my Early Childhood Education certificate for California. I am a proud mother of a 7year-old girl named Sofia who is also bilingual! I feel very fortunate to be part of this beautiful, professional team of teachers at My Escuelita.
Janet Martin, Credentialed Bilingual Teacher
She is a native speaker born and raised in Santa Ana, California, with over 10 years of experience teaching Spanish. A graduate from UCI with a BA in Social Ecology and Spanish Literature.She obtained a MA in Education and teaching credential from Claremont Graduate University. Janet has taught and developed common core and cultural literacy-based curriculum for all levels of Spanish from entry level to AP at Tustin Unified. She is passionate about promoting bilingualism and multiculturalism by teaching language through culture. Janet enjoys being in nature, reading and traveling with her husband. As a mother of 2 toddler boys she is excited to continue sharing her time and talent to preschoolers as a mobile teacher at My Escuelita in Orange County.
Gabriela Olmedo-Guizar, Bilingual Credentialed Teacher
My name is Gabriela Olmedo-Guizar, I am Mexican-American, Bilingual, and a LA native. I am so happy to be joining the My Escuelita team as a Spanish teacher. I am really looking forward to great experiences and expanding on my teaching career. I was born on September 22nd, grew up in the City of Inglewood, attended Catholic elementary and high school in that area. I went to college at Loyola Marymount University where I obtained my BA in Liberal Studies and BCLAD Teaching Credential. I returned to LMU to obtain my MA in Biliteracy, Leadership and Intercultural Education and Administrative Certificate. I have taught in local LA schools for a total of 12 years. I love the passion of teaching and seeing the amazing growth that children have year to year. I have a loving family, I am married to a wonderful husband who is in Law Enforcement and the mother of three children, my daughter Alessandra, my son Michael and our newest addition, a baby girl, Eliana. I live in the Wiseburn area and enjoy the south bay community very much. I really look forward to expanding my career and teaching in my native language. I believe that being Bilingual is a great asset and look forward to teaching Spanish enrichment classes.
Our Teachers...Our Team
Our Team - Nuestro Equipo
My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids hires multicultural bilingual credentialed teachers to facilitate all of our classes, camps, events and more! Each teacher is a native speaker with unique and special gifts and talents! Continuous teacher planning, prepping, training and collaboration fosters a sense of community on our team as well as keeps each of us at the forefront of the most recent and effective world language teaching strategies, classroom management tools and mindfullness approaches. My Escuelita is a familia!
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Jennifer DeLeon, Credentialed Bilingual Teacher
I am a native Spanish speaker. I attended elementary, middle, and high school in Redondo Beach, CA. My parents are from Guatemala. At a young age my family instilled in me the importance of embracing both my American and Guatemalan culture. I would dress up for Halloween but also participate in Posadas around Christmas time. I grew up speaking both Spanish and English. As a bilingual/biliterate model, I understand the critical role of heritage – language and culture.I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from CSU Dominguez Hills in Liberal Studies with an option in Spanish. I obtained my BCLAD in Spanish and teaching credential this past spring. I completed my student teaching in Lennox and South Los Angeles. I worked with students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade dual immersion classrooms. I also worked with preschool-aged children in Compton, California through Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., an AmeriCorps program. This opportunity allowed me to experience the critical role of early language and literacy skills development in young children as well as the importance of collaboration with other teachers.
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Meghan Lewis, Credentialed Bilingual Teacher
My goal is to teach every individual student and to meet every student's needs; to guide students to become independent learners; and to prepare students as responsible and self-reliant individuals in society. I discovered my passion for education as an undergraduate at Western Washington University when I began taking courses in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). As soon as I was in the classroom working with elementary students, I realized that teaching was my calling. Upon graduating with a minor in TESOL, I moved to Mexico and worked in a bilingual school, teaching second and fourth grade, both in Spanish and English. After a couple of years, I decided to return to the United States to further pursue my education. I was accepted to Loyola Marymount University as part of the graduate program in Bilingual Elementary Education. I graduated in May of 2016 with a Master of Arts, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a BCLAD Credential. Most recently, I worked at a charter school as a third grade teacher in a full inclusion classroom.
Irma Vazquez, Founder, Owner, Credentialed Bilingual Teacher
Irma Vazquez is a native Spanish-bilingual teacher raised by Puerto Rican parents with over 28 years of classroom teaching experience. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU '91,'95) Irma has a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a California bilingual teaching credential (BCLAD-Grades K-8) and a Master's in Bilingual / Multicultural Education. Irma taught in the Lennox School District for over 15 years and Co-Founded My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids in 2006. Irma has taught and mentored Bilingual and General Education student teachers at LMU since 2006 and is currently the director of My Escuelita, Spanish for Kids in Redondo Beach, California. In 2012 Irma helped launch the first Southern California (South Bay) Dual Language Program at Washington School in the Redondo Beach Unified School District as a Kindergarten teacher. She is an advisor and early childhood consultant for Little Ripples Preschool. Irma is the creator of My Mochila: Spanish on the Go!. The first and only only Multicultural Spanish language subscription box for kids! www.mymochilaspanishonthego.com Irma sits on the LMU School of Education Alumni Board as well as the National Latina Business Women Association Board . Irma is a mother to three children ages 13 ,15 and 17.
Jennifer James, College Student, Bilingual Instructional Assistant
Hi My Escuelita! My name is Jennifer James and I have been a teacher assistant at My Escuelita since the Summer of 2016. I graduated from California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) in 2015 and am currently attending El Camino College. I plan to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona, my goal is to be a Veterinarian or perhaps a teacher! I love to draw and enjoy music concerts too!
Irais Vazquez, College Graduate in Spanish Literacy, Bilingual Credential Candidate
My name is Irais Vazquez Aldama, I am a Native Spanish speaker. born and raised in Guerrero, México. I am bilingual and bi-cultural with an AA in Child Development form El Camino College and a BA in Spanish linguistics from Dominguez Hills. I’ve worked with kids many years baby sitting/teaching Spanish, always making it fun and interesting to the kids. I love working with kids because they always make your day interesting and fun. I teach Spanish Enrichment at Wiseburn School District as well as Spanish classes at My Escuelita. I am very passionate about Spanish as well as Sports! My favorite Sport is Soccer. I played In High School and almost weekly with my family at the beach! I love outdoor activities, like hiking, camping and beach soccer. I love spending time with my family and living in California. I love California because of its multicultural and diverse communities. I look forward to meeting your littles ones soon!Type your paragraph here.
Evelyn Diaz, Bilingual Certified Preschool Teacher
Meet our My Escuelita PreSchool Maestra Evelyn! My name is Evelyn Diaz I've been teaching for the past 23 years. I have an Bachelor's degree from National University in Early Child Development. My family is from Guatemala and my passion for teaching started 23 years ago when I became a mother...I have three sons! We love spending time together, going to Disneyland, movies, family gatherings and the beach. This year I became a Grandmother! I teach the Spanish Preschool classes at My Escuelita. Monday thru Friday from 9-2pm I'm with the little ones! Our lessons are fun, engaging and we make tons of stuff! Come visit me! I will give your family a tour and help schedule a playdate during class. I also teach Summer Camp! Thank you My Escuelita for welcoming me in to your beautiful community.
Nury Gomez, CFO My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids
Nury Gomez, MBA is the founder of Accounting Breeze. Through a combination of her dedication for entrepreneurs and successful businesses, her own eagerness to succeed, and educational background, she has a proven track record in providing businesses with strategic operational and financial management so they can provide top-notch quality service to their customers. With 20 years of career business experience, Nury helps shed clarity on the business objectives from both a business and financial perspective. She creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. Over the course of the years she was able to develop professionally by earning a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2001, an Accounting Certificate in 2006, and a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2012. As of April 2016, Nury will also be a supporting faculty member of the Finance and Accounting Department of Pepperdine University. Nury and her husband Hector, have been married for 14 years, and have two children Daniel age 10 and Esther age 7. When she is not at the business, she volunteers, as an assistant Bear Den Leader for the cub scouts, is 2014-2015 past PTA treasurer for Richmond Street Elementary, past guest speaker at career week at El Segundo HighSchool, and is on the Professional Development Committee with the Pepperdine Alumni Hispanic Council.