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.

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Diana Gonzalez was born in Colombia. She is a very patient and dynamic teacher who enjoys teaching not only the Spanish language but also the wonderful Hispanic culture. She has a Bachelor Degree in Education and a Specialization in Childhood Education. She began her teaching career in a private school where she worked for more than ten years. She worked with Elementary and High School students in the city of Bogotá. She also has experience in Adult Education with different Canadian Colleges.

The expectations she has for her students are to enjoy the classes to the fullest, learn and love a new culture through dynamic classes. Some of her hobbies include reading and spending time with her family. She is looking forward to meeting all her students and work with them!

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Karina De La Reta was born in Canada, but her parents are from Argentina, and she lived in Argentina for almost seven years. She has an Honours B.A. in linguistics, a Spanish translation degree, and a certificate in teaching Spanish as a second language. She had the opportunity to teach Spanish in Canada at university, college, and elementary school levels. She loves teaching Spanish because she can meet students of different ages, personalities, and backgrounds. She gets to learn from them as much as she gets the opportunity to teach; as learning is mutual, she loves it as a teacher when she can achieve that “aha” moment from a student in understanding a new concept.

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Emily Diaz is originally from Peru. Her background is in Economic Sciences with broad experience in Banks and Financial Institutions. Since 2017 she has been working in her other passion, teaching Spanish. Teaching represents an exciting experience in her professional life. As a Spanish teacher, she had the opportunity to teach her mother language in colleges and schools, interacting with students of different ages and backgrounds.

Throughout these years, her core belief as a teacher is: “lead a class makes me as much a learner as my students.” She likes to teach adapting the course to the student learning style, encouraging students to take ownership of their learning through actively participating in class, doing their best, and making mistakes because it is the best way to learn. She considers that this approach helps students to develop their full potential in the class. In the classroom, she aspires to balance theory, practice, and humour to capture students’ interest and instill a passion for learning the Spanish language and culture. She strives to impart knowledge, and in this way, to foster a meaningful exchange of ideas to provide the student with a comprehensive Spanish learning experience.

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Leda Cuenca is originally from Madrid, Spain, where six years ago she graduated as an Early Childhood Educator. Ever since she became an ECE, she has been lucky enough to use her training in several different environments such as summer camps and extracurricular classes. However, she has always been interested in learning and teaching different languages and that is the reason why she decided to study a four-year university degree in Linguistics and Applied Languages. She has even developed her own ESL program back in Spain. Teaching requires continuous patience and enthusiasm and she is committed to providing this for her students everyday. Being able to speak English, Spanish, Italian and French have given her the opportunity to travel around the world and experience some amazing things. It is an honor for her to be able to spread her language around the world in a natural and interactive way. It allows her to keep learning about other cultures as well as her own and continuously grow as a teacher.

We are always looking to add new Spanish teachers to Our team.
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