Language Stars Teachers

Language Stars recruits the best, brightest, and most energetic teachers from more than 20 countries around the world. Only 1 in 50 applicants becomes a Language Stars teacher.

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Teachers are chosen for their experience in educating children and for their enthusiasm, and they are trained extensively in Language Stars FunImmersion® methodology.

Learn about our teachers in Chicago and Washington DC.

 


Chicago Area Teachers

Elizabeth Alvarez
Spanish Teacher
Native of Mexico
Former Physician with extensive experience in pediatrics. Passionate and experienced foreign language educator.
Liliana Alvarez
Spanish Teacher
Native of Cd. Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico
Experience working as a physical therapist for young children. Passionate about teaching young children her language and culture.
Blanca Arango
Spanish Teacher
Native of Caldas, Colombia
Extensive teaching experience with elementary school aged children teaching English in native Colombia. Holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
Carlos Arango
Spanish Teacher
Native of Manizales, Colombia
Extensive teaching experience with elementary school aged children with a focus on Spanish and English. Fluent in English and proficient in French.
Alma Ascencio
Spanish Teacher
Native of Mexico
10 years prior experience working with young children. An instrumental pioneer of our Flossmoor center since 2003. Raising her son bilingually.
Edwin Barrera
Spanish Teacher
Raised bilingually in the United States
BA in Spanish Literature from University of Chicago. Has led Language Stars' Spanish programs since 1999. Leader of Language Stars' teacher training.
Janeth Barrera
Spanish Teacher
Native of Colombia
Experienced cultural liaison to international students living in Colombia. Degree in marketing with a passion for helping children learn.
Rachida Benamar
French Teacher
Native of Oran, Algeria
Rachida has extensive experience teaching French and translating. She is fluent in French, English and Arabic. She looks forward to sharing her French expertise with your children.
Maria Bernaldo
Spanish Teacher
Native of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Over 13 years of teaching English as a second language to children. Passionate about sharing native language with American children.
Yeliz Bilgi
German Teacher
Native of Neu-Ulm, Germany
Earned a certificate in Secondary Education. Previous Au Pair and Assistant Soccer coach for young children.
B Bouzer1 Benedicte Bouzer
French Teacher
Native of Bethoncourt, France
Has over 7 years of experience teaching French to children of all ages. Previously worked in the US as an au pair and enjoyed it so much she wanted to return to continue working with American children. Excited to do what she loves at Language Stars!
Lele Brewington
Spanish Teacher
Native of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Extensive experience working as an Au Pair for two young children. While earning her degree in Teaching and Translation, successfully taught young children the English language.
Liliana Castellanos
Spanish Teacher
Native of Colombia
Extensive experience teaching Spanish and English to young children in Colombia and the United States. Has led Language Stars programs since the summer of 2003.
Diego Casteneda
Spanish Teacher
Native of Bogota, Colombia
Extensive teaching experience with preschool and elementary school aged children. Passionate about teaching his native language to children through movement .
Jo Cheng
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Taipei, Taiwan
Years of experience teaching to students of all ages around the world. Graduated from Toko University Magna Cum Laude and pursuing a Masters at Murray State University.
Idilia Copertino
Italian Teacher
Native of Pisa, Italy
Background in education from the University of Siena – specifically in teaching Italian as a second language. Enjoys participating in theater productions and horseback riding.
Marie-Helene Konan-Cox
French Teacher
Native of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Lived all around the world including Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and Strasbourg, France. Experienced in teaching young children in various subjects.
Kexin Ding
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Guiyang, China
Received Master of Arts in Linguistics. Has extensive experience teaching Mandarin to English-speaking students
Awatif Doubaj
French Teacher
Raised and schooled in French in native Morocco
Experienced preschool and art teacher holding a French teaching certificate. Passionate and practiced Language Stars teacher committed to teaching French to young children.
Laura Escobedo Velasquez
Spanish Teacher
Native of Lima, Peru
Extensive experience working with young children. Was a Child Development Aide while living in Peru. Excited to share her Peruvian culture with children at Language Stars!
Monica Guerrero
Spanish Teacher
Raised bilingually in the United States
Over 6 years of experience working with children as an Au Pair. Experience working in a classroom environment with elementary aged children
Camille Lebienvenu
French Teacher
Native of Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Experience working in immersion French teaching with elementary-aged children. Has volunteered and worked in India and South Africa!
Fredy Legido
Spanish Teacher
Native of Valladolid, Spain
Experience teaching children of all ages in Thailand and native Spain. Trilingual: speaks Spanish, French and English!
Ana Leira
Spanish Teacher
Native of Spain
Holds two Master’s degrees for teaching Spanish. 4 years of experience teaching Spanish. Multilingual! Speaks Spanish, Galician, English, Italian and French!
Ling Liu
Mandarin Teacher
Native of China
Received a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Chinese Literature and pedagogy from the prestigious Hubei College of Education. Multiple years of experience teaching young children in China.
Vania Lopez
Spanish Teacher
Raised bilingually in the United States
Fluent in Spanish, proficient in French. Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Studies and French Studies. Has extensive experience working with children in a small class setting
Jessica Loyaga
Spanish Teacher
Native of Peru
Teaching aptitude in Spanish. Bachelor of Fine arts with major in Dance and minor in Education. Extensive experience as a professional folk dancer!
Marco Luppo
Italian Teacher
Native of Trani, Italy
Extensive experience teaching and tutoring Italian both in Italy and in the United States. Enjoys teaching Italian through full immersion courses.
Jessica Medina
Spanish Teacher
Native of Ecuador
Background in pediatrics. Enjoys working with and tutoring children in Spanish. Excited to combine her passion for kids and language.
Ana Morales
Spanish Teacher
Native of Guatemala City, Guatemala
Holds a BA in Educational Psychology. Over 10 years of experience as a bilingual preschool teacher.
Eddie Morfin
Spanish Teacher
Raised bilingually in the United States
Fluent in English and Spanish with advanced skills in French and Chinese. Extensive experience teaching Spanish and Studio Art to children of all ages. Specializes in mural art, photography and portrait paintings
Fatima Plata
Spanish Teacher
Native of Valladolid, Spain
Obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy from University of Salamanca. Extensive experience teaching English to children.
Claudio Rabadan
Spanish Teacher
Raised bilingually in the United States
Passionate about teaching his native language and culture to children. Enjoys teaching Latin American folk dance to children. Pursuing a B.A. in Bilingual and Bicultural Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University.
Alexis Rodriguez
Spanish Teacher
Native of Bogota, Colombia
Extensive experience as au pair to 3 young children between the ages of 1 and 7. Experienced in teaching reading, writing and art to children in her native country.
Alfonso Ruiz
Spanish Teacher
Native of Madrid, Spain
Incorporates high energy activities, humor and interaction into lessons. Has 10+ years of tutoring and teaching experience.
Marita Sandoval
Spanish Teacher
Native of Concepción, Chile
Earned a degree in English Pedagogy from the Universidad de Concepción. Extensive experience teaching and working with kids ages 4-6.
Marleen Schaller
German Teacher
Native of Dresden, Germany
Experience working with children of all ages as an Au Pair Passionate about sharing her language and culture with children.
Sammy Schwarberg
German Teacher
Native of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Tutored students in Germany while attending the University of Cologne. Native mother tongue is German.
Jeniffer Serrano
Spanish Teacher
Extensive experience as an au pair for three young children between the ages of 4 and 11. Passionate about sharing her native language to American children through the FunImmersion method.
Naouel Slaoui
French Teacher
Native of Annaba, Algeria
Speaks French, Arabic and English. PhD with Honors from a prestigious Algerian university. Teaching children of all ages since 2005.
Donna Small
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Shen Yang City, China
Earned her BA from North East Normal University and is certified in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Extensive experience teaching English to students of all ages.
Carmen Suarez Redondo
Spanish Teacher
Native of El Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia
Received her Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. Excited about being able to work with kids while sharing her native language.
Winni Sun
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Taoyuan, Taiwan
Received a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education from the University of Findlay in Ohio. Over 10 years experience teaching young children.
Mauricio Villamizar
Spanish Teacher
Native of Bogota, Colombia
Extensive teaching experience in second language education Awarded “World Class Teacher” designation by the Instituto Superior Cooperative in 2006.
Emilio Vrdoljak
Spanish Teacher
Native of Quitilipi, Argentina
Previous director of language school in native Argentina, with over 10 years of teaching experience. Passionate about helping young children learn foreign language.
Jasmine Wang
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Hubei, China
Extensive teaching and Au Pair experience in the US and China. Earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Loyola University.
Lynn Wu
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Beijing, China
Passionate about sharing her language and culture. Loves teaching with our FunImmersion programming!
Angela Yang
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Puer City, China
Former Graduate Assistant in Education at Loyola University. Loves working with children and sharing her native culture!
Cherry Yu
Mandarin Teacher
Native of China
Over 16 years of teaching experience with both American and Chinese students.


Washington DC Area Teachers

Karina Abad
Spanish Teacher
Native of Lima, Peru
Over 11 years of teaching experience in Spanish and English to both American and Peruvian children. Six years of experience teaching at Language Stars using the FunImmersion method.
Xiomara Arias
Spanish Teacher
Native of Ibague, Columbia
Extensive experience working with infants and children aged newborn to 12 years old. Excited to share her passion for native language and culture with children at Language Stars!
Maryam Bamba
French Teacher
Native of Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire
Received Bachelor of Science in International Business from Strayer university. 10 years experience in child care and preschool teaching combined!
Johanna Barrantes
Spanish Teacher
Native of Lima, Peru
Currently completing Bachelors degree in French and Italian language and literature from University of Illinois Chicago. Passionate about helping children grow up in a multicultural environment and become multilingual individuals.
Kevin Corcy
French Teacher
Native of Paris, France
Attended the Sorbonne, getting Masters in French as a second language. Committed to teaching through sports and active participation!
Tashi Gyanga
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Chamdo, Tibet
Attended Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, studying math and computer science. Tutored international students in Mandarin and math.
Julia Höller
German Teacher
Native of Klosterneuburg, Austria
Experienced in teaching children for 5 years in Kindergarten Centers. Was a Rescue Swimmer Assistant!
Nathaly Jimenez
Spanish Teacher
Native of Manizales, Colombia
Extensive experience working with young children in Colombia and the United States. Encourages creativity and fun while teaching.
Eduardo Lanzo
Spanish Teacher
Native of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Over 9 years of experience teaching children of all ages! Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, with additional graduate work in Education.
Ling Leonard
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Beijing, China
Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Renmin University of China. Extensive experience tutoring children in Mandarin.
Mickey Liu
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Taiwan
Winner of several Excellent Teacher awards. Extensive experience teaching English in China with a Primary Education certification.
Monica Lorena Jimenez
Spanish Teacher
Native of Manizales, Colombia

Extensive teaching experience working with young children with a focus on English. Excited about using teh FunImmersion method to teach Language Stars children!
O Millogo1 Olivier Millogo
French Teacher
Native of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Over 10 years of experience teaching elementary aged children. Was an elementary school principal at a school in the French Educational System of Burkina Faso.
Sofia Mora
Spanish Teacher
Native of Mexico City, Mexico
Earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Universidad Iberoamerica. Extensive experience working with young children as an Au Pair and English tutor.
Wilmarie Nazario
Spanish Teacher
Native of Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Earned her degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Carlos Albizu. In addition to teaching, Wilmarie also loves to paint, ride her bike and play volleyball!
Fadila Rakene
French Teacher
Native of Azazga Tizi Ouzou, Algeria
Knows 4 languages, French, Arabic, Berber, and English! Has experience working with students of all ages, both in a classroom environment and privately.
C Salazar1 Carolina Salazar
Spanish Teacher
Native of Bogota, Colombia
Earned degree in modern languages with an emphasis in Spanish, French and English. Taught elementary aged children in Colombia for over 8 years.
Linlin Shao
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Shandong, China
Earned her teaching certificate from the Shandong Normal University in China. Excited to share her native language and culture with the children at Language Stars!
Yin Yuan
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Beijing, China
Holds a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Maryland. Extensive teaching experience in the US and China. Published author in ESL Literary Review!
Tong Zhan
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Tianjin, China
Experience teaching young children in ESL programs. Excited to share her native language with American children through the FunImmersion method.
Shirley Zhang
Mandarin Teacher
Native of Dalian, China
Speaks Mandarin, Japanese and English. Experience in teaching and working with elementary aged children. Currently working towards completing a Masters of Education from George Mason University.

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