Celina Gutiérrez is the owner and founder of Speak Spanish Academy. Celina was born in Mexico where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and worked in different industries conducting international business. Sixteen years ago she moved to Canada where she continued her studies in the business field until she became a mom. Becoming a mom triggered her desire to teach Spanish to her daughter. She founded the first online bookstore in Canada that specialized in children books in Spanish and Bilingual. Which later evolved to become what now is known as Speak Spanish Academy. Celina holds various certifications, among, a Spanish as a Foreign Language Teacher Certificate, Train the Trainer, Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning and Digital Marketing Certificate. Her experience in international business and business administration spans more than two decades, and her teaching experience spans more than 4 years. She combines this background to offer Spanish courses to satisfy specific individual and company needs, teaching students of all ages.
My name is Leda Cuenca and I am originally from Madrid, Spain, where six years ago I graduated as an Early Childhood Educator. Ever since I became an ECE, I have been lucky enough to use my training in several different environments such as summer camps and extracurricular classes. However, I have always been interested in learning and teaching different languages and that is the reason why I decided to study a four-year university degree in Linguistics and Applied Languages. I have even developed my own ESL program back in Spain. Teaching requires continuous patience and enthusiasm and I am committed to providing this for my students everyday. Being able to speak English, Spanish, Italian and French has given me the opportunity to travel around the world and experience some amazing things. It is an honour for me to be able to spread my language around the world in a natural and interactive way. It allows me to keep learning about other cultures as well as my own and continuously grow as a teacher.
Antonio Olmedo has always been involved in teaching in some way or another for almost a decade. With a background in Communication Science and an expertise in Online Marketing, he firmly believes in merging technology and education for a better learning experience.
Antonio is a certified ESL instructor and also speaks Portuguese. He worked in the Spanish tourism industry and public administration for years, a period of time in which he had to train big groups of professionals along with his other duties. Two years ago, Antonio decided to share his time with those in need around his community and beyond (UN Online Volunteering). Originally from southern Spain, he recently joined the team and is experiencing life in Canada.
Nulyen Russo worked as a high school teacher( graduated in Caracas Venezuela) with more than thirty years of experience in education and learning. She worked for eleven years as a head teacher for the Spanish Program for youth in Oakville and also as a Spanish instructor for the continuing education programs for adults in Oakville, Burlington and Milton. She has worked at Colleges for continuing education programs and credit courses as a Spanish instructor. Finally, Nulyen has a lot of practical working experience with individuals who travel for business or pleasure to Spanish speaking countries.