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A 10TH anniversary:

Something to celebrate!

Many thanks to all of you!

Many, many thanks to all my customers who have placed their trust in me over the years. You come from all over the world including Canada, the USA, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Russia, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, etc. I could not be more proud of reaching this milestone, as a Spanish teacher.

Reaching this milestone proved to be a bit challenging, but it was well worth it. I have, and I still enjoy helping students learn, not only Spanish, but also its rich culture, history, and gastronomy. How did I reach this goal? Here’s my story.

2002-2012

Environment and languages have always been my passions and I hold a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and worked on this field until 2014. However, life changes sometimes and gives you opportunities to work on different fields you love, too.

2013

At the end of 2013, I finished my first studies to become a proud, certified Spanish Teacher as a Second Language by Instituto Cervantes.

2014

In 2014, I moved to Thunder Bay, a small city along Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada., and I decided to focus my attention on my second love: teaching Spanish. I started my first Spanish lessons company under the name “Hola Spanish Lessons”.

2016-2019

From 2016 to 2019, beside working on my own business, I also thought Spanish at the local college (Confederation College) and university (Lakehead University).

2019

In 2019 my husband and I moved to Toronto, Ontario. Although sad at the thought of saying goodbye to my students, I took an online course designed to help me adapt my teaching methodology to a digital one. By year end, I had established my new online Spanish learning business: Alive Spanish and here I am, still enjoying and helping Spanish students and travelling to Spain with them, too.

2024

From 2013 to present, as one who values lifelong learning, I have taken additional courses and I am now an accredited examiner for the Spanish Official Exams (DELE), A1-A2 and B1-B2 levels

My story

Environment and languages have always been my passions and I hold a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science. Whenever I traveled outside of Spain, I loved talking to the locals in their native tongue. This could be funny and challenging at times, as English and French are the two languages that I speak.

Thanks to a European Union grant – Erasmus, I spent a year in Brest, France, where I met a number of people from around the world. I quickly realized that I enjoyed helping others learn Spanish.

Following my experience in France, I was eager to perfect my English and to find out more about foreign countries. That’s why I decided to spend a few months in Galway, Ireland, to achieve this goal. I did language exchanges and the idea of teaching Spanish as a second language grew exponentially.

Once I came back to Spain where I stayed until 2014. More determined than ever to expand my horizons, I participated in a number of language exchanges in different cities where I lived, including Barcelona, Tarragona, Murcia and Alicante.

In 2012, while working on environmental projects and talking to a colleague in Murcia, I came upon a course to become a certified Spanish teacher. I registered and took several more courses from the “Instituto Cervantes”. By 2014, I was a proud, certified Spanish Teacher as a Second Language.

From 2016 to 2019, I also thought Spanish at the local college (Confederation College) and university (Lakehead University).

In 2019, my husband and I moved to Toronto, Ontario. Although sad at the thought of saying goodbye to my students, I took an online course designed to help me adapt my teaching methodology to a digital one. By year end, I had established my new online Spanish learning business: Alive Spanish.

Alive Spanish is designed as an online academy for customized lessons, based on the needs of each student. It provides information, not only about the language, but also about everything associated with it. To complement this experience, I have begun to offer immersion trips in Spain. Check it out (link to trips).

As one who values lifelong learning, I have taken additional courses and I am now an accredited examiner for the Spanish Official Exams (DELE), A1-A2 and B1-B2 levels.

I also participate in conferences and take new courses from the Instituto Cervantes and other organizations, all with the goal of improving my teaching skills and of remaining, so to speak, in the loop.

See what some of my students have to say about me and my lessons

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I hope to celebrate many more birthdays with my current students and possibly with you.
Join me, won’t you?

Many thanks!

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