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Working side by side with my husband and children, helping, reaching out, and learning from people in a culture vastly different from our own together as a family was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. We are already planning our next volunteer vacation.

- Karen

All GCN Spanish Classes are are taught by native language speakers with many years of teaching experience. A teacher for this class will be listed as soon as the schedules with our teachers have been arranged.

Nadia was born in Cusco, Peru. She attended the Universidad Andina del Cusco, where she graduated as a psychologist. After graduation she started working at Cusco’s Social Security Hospital, where she led different clinical programs to assist the elderly. She moved to the States in 2000. Currently she works as a teacher at a school with a bilingual program for toddlers. She has been working in that field for the last 8 years, in addition to teaching Spanish classes for adults the past 3 years. Nadia loves teaching and is very happy to share her knowledge with everyone who wants to learn her native tongue.

Andrea Davila is originally from Lima, Peru, and has lived in Minnesota for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. In addition to her teaching load at GCN, Andrea is currently teaching Spanish in the Minneapolis Public School District.
In her free time, Andrea likes to cook and spend time with her family

Carlos, originally from Cali, Colombia studied music at the Conservatorio in Cali. He specialized in music education at the INTEM-University of Chile in Santiago. Carlos also studied archaeology at ENAH in Mexico City. On a fellowship in Madrid he studied Spanish culture. Carlos is a part of the Twin Cities music scene as a composer and performer. He has been a member of the Resource Center of the Americas for many years. His experience teaching Spanish in Minnesota includes all ages, K-Adult.

Judith Dorin currently works for Xperitas as Program Manager for the Spanish Language Programs.

David holds a degree in Law and a post-graduate degree in Public Administration from his native country of Colombia, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Universidad del Atlantico and was later appointed Director of Human Rights. Mr. Fernandez has written articles on Colombia and spoken in various forums. In Columbia he taught Administrative Law and since arriving in the United States he has become an experienced Spanish teacher.

Gisela Fortuna was born in Mendoza, Argentina and received a degree in Teaching English Language and Literature from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina. She later taught EFL in a private school in her hometown. In 2006, she got married and moved to the U.S. She taught Spanish at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, where she also got her masters degree in Education. In 2008, she moved to Minnesota. She has taught at the University of St. Thomas and the Spanish Institute, among others. She's been teaching for 10 years. She has two children and works at night so she can be with them during the day. She enjoys family, friends, cooking (and eating), exercising, playing tennis, traveling and reading.

Justo is originally from Tumaco Nariño in southwestern Colombia where he lived for most of his life.  He studied biology at Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota University and later Food Science at the University of Minnesota.  Justo currently works for the City of Minneapolis in the Health Department.  He loves sharing his Spanish culture and has a passion for teaching adults.  In his free time, Justo plays chess and is an avid bowler.

Diana Leidahl, originally from Bogota, Colombia, spent twenty years working in the corporate world in Switzerland before she moved to Minneapolis in 2008. In the daytime, she works as a Language Services and Welcome Center specialist at Robbinsdale Area Schools, where she interprets for different types of events and meetings in Spanish and French.

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