The team
Passionate, caring and committed 

The Language Stars team consists of more than 100 enthusiastic, dedicated and nurturing teachers and directors from across the globe who are committed to providing premier foreign language education for children.


We recruit the best, brightest and most energetic teachers from more than 20 countries. Teachers are chosen for their enthusiasm and experience in educating children and they are trained extensively in Language Stars FunImmersion® methodology.


Our directors are often the first voices you hear or faces you see when beginning your Language Stars experience.

We hire them for their passion for education and world languages, their service-oriented attitude and their leadership.


Our leadership team is committed to delivering a premier foreign language experience that fosters future generations of multilingual Americans.

Language Stars directors

Chicagoland directors

Allan Alvarez

Chicago – Lincoln Park / Hyde Park
Center Director

Ryan Newman

Chicago – Andersonville
Center Director

Susan Kopp

Park Ridge / Arlington Heights
Center Director

David Martin

Center Director

Oscar Ramirez

St. Charles / Naperville
Center Director

Rosie Cappetta

Deerfield / Lake Forest
Center Director

Grant Yoder

Glen Ellyn / Hinsdale
Assistant Center Director

Metro DC directors

Yin Yuan

Center Director

Scott Levine

Center Director

Amanda Michetti

Center Director

Danielle Stanko

McLean (North Arlington)
Center Director

Diane Noth

Center Director

Brian Courtney

Center Director

Language Stars leadership

Matt Kinnich

Matt Kinnich joined Language Stars in February of 2016 as CEO. He brings more than 15 years of education experience to Language Stars, having served in leadership roles in higher education, professional education, and professional credentialing. Prior to joining Language Stars, Matt served as Vice President of International of Becker Professional Education. In addition, his previous experience includes Vice President/General Manager of Becker’s Finance and CFA business. He also served as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Career Education Corporation.

He is an active member of the Language Stars Board and is civically engaged in his hometown of Northfield, IL as a board member of the Architectural Commission and as a member of the School Board & Park District Caucus. Previously he has served as a board member on a number of non-profit mission-based organizations, as well as post-secondary education institutions. Matt earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and bachelor’s degree (double major) in Business Administration & Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.