Our Native Spanish Speaker Instructors

 

DIRECTOR

PAMELA PHILLIPS

Dr Pamela Phillips is a neurolinguist and cognitive scientist by training. Dr Phillips’s chief interests lie at the interface of cognition and bilingual education. With her entrepreneurial and public service engagements, Dr Phillips also advances her research agenda on reading and listening in second language acquisition.

 

HANNA DIRECTORA

 

INSTRUCTORS

 

DARIO OROPEZA

Dario brings to the Vallejo Center for Learning Spanish his extensive experience teaching Spanish to foreigners in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Dario is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed his M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures.

INSTRUCTOR

 

NIDIA BORGAS

Nidia earned her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). She has taught Spanish for Foreigners in Spain, Argentina, and the US.

SPANISH IN CHAMPAIGN

 

RENZO FERRETO

He studied Education at the University of Illinois and he has taught Spanish for foreigners in Uruguay, Paraguay and in the US.

SPANISH COURSES

 

GIO MARELL

Gio graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University in Puerto Rico, and pursued his master’s and doctoral studies at the Santo Domingo University in the Dominican Republic. Gio has taught Spanish in various schools in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and in the US.

SPANISH IN CHAMPAIGN

 

FERNANDO DIAZ

Fernando Diaz has a bachelor’s in education. He has taught Spanish for foreigners in Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD VERA

Richard Vera has a bachelor’s in education and  has taught Spanish to foreigners in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and the USA.

 

 

 

 

FLOR CAMPOS

Flor Campos has a bachelor’s in education. She has taught Spanish for foreigners in Peru, and the USA.

 

JOEL CANTORAN

Joel Cantoran has a bachelor’s in education from the University of Illinois.

 

MARGARITA SANTOS

Margarita Santos has a bachelor’s in education from  the University of Illinois,

 

 

 

 

MARIA ROMAN

Maria has a bachelor’s in Business Administration from  La Universidad del Valle in Mexico. She has a passion for teaching Spanish in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS

 

GABRIELLE PEARL

Gabrielle has a bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice  from Chicago State University. She studies Spanish and works at the Vallejo Center for Learning Spanish.

 

JASMIN MAGDALENO

Jasmin has a bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois.

 

 

 

 

HERBERT CHAVEZ

He has taught Spanish for foreigners in El Salvador and in the US.

SPANISH CLASSES IN CHAMPAIGN

 

MADELEINE CANO

Madeleine studies at the University of Illinois. She also has a passion for teaching Spanish in the US.

 

CARLA MAGANA

Carla studies education at the University of Illinois. She has experience teaching Spanish and English to children in a diverse range of elementary schools in the US.

 

STASA BAKLIZA

Stasa has a bachelor’s in media studies from the University of Rijeka. He studies Spanish  and works at the Vallejo Center for Learning Spanish.

 

 

 

 

LINDA  CORNELIUS

Linda Cornelius has a bachelor’s in Tourist Administration from the University of  Andina del Cusco.