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The team members were incredibly kind to my teenagers. The leaders were such good role models -- caring and inclusive.

- Meg V.

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.

Diana del Corral, originally from Bogota, Colombia, spent twenty years working in the corporate world in Switzerland before she moved to Minneapolis in 2009. 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.

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.

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.

José Luis López Méndez was born in Guatemala and moved to the US in 2008. He holds a degree in Elementary Education. Luis also received a certificate for teaching Spanish as a Second Language (E/LE) for adults from Enforex and The Cervantes Institute jointly with The Alcala de Henares University Spain. Luis also received his Masters degree in Linguistics from Mariano Galvez University. Prior to moving to the US, Luis spent 8 years teaching Spanish as a second language and working as the Spanish Curriculum Developer in one of the top Spanish schools in the country. At his school, Luis also worked at instructing new teachers on how to teach Spanish as a second language. Luis has a passion for the Spanish language and for teaching it to students from beginner to a mastery level. Luis enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with his family, and anything involving fútbol (soccer).


Luz Ayder Paz was born in Cali, Colombia, studied Literature and Languages and got a degree in Education from the Universidad Santiago de Cali. She taught Spanish, Literature and English in private and public high schools, as well for The School of Fine Arts. In 1982 she moved to Mexico City and studied a masters in Latino American Literature at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

In 1989, Luz Ayder moved to the States, got married, took a break to be a mom and in 1994 she started working again. For more than 20 years she has taught Spanish at different institutions including, the International School of Minnesota, the Spanish Institute in Edina, the Montessori School in Eden Prairie, the Metropolitan Open School, in St Louis Park, and also she has tutored Spanish one-on-one to students of different levels and ages at Minnehaha Academy, and at Don Bulfer & Associates Tutoring. She enjoys teaching and sharing the cultures of the countries she lived and traveled.  Love what you do and do what you love, is her motto. Luz enjoys reading, writing, cooking, spending time with her family, playing tennis and traveling.




Silverio holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, where he is originally from. He first started teaching Quality Assurance and Quality Control at a Technical College two years prior to graduating from college. Mr. Rios co-founded a Spanish group at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis shortly after his arrival to the US and started teaching Spanish ever since. He first tutored one-on-one to a broad base of professionals, then taught to large groups for the Saint Paul Community Education at Ramsey Jr HS, where he developed his own curriculum. He later created Voces del Español, a one-week Spanish Immersion program to learn Spanish in Querétaro, Mexico. He enjoys teaching the language and sharing the culture of his native Mexico.