Gabriella Madriñán was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Colombian parents, so the Spanish language runs in her blood. She is a former student of Psychology and Business Administration, which gives her the advantage of knowing the difficulties of understanding, assimilating and learning new things.
She recently moved to the beautiful city of Denver. Living in the United State, has provided her with the opportunities to grow and develop, both in her personal and professional life.
Teaching Spanish to adults and kids has been very rewarding for her; she knew that she was meant to teach her native language. She has been teaching Spanish to both adults and kids for the last year, and she looks forward to many more years of teaching.
Moreover, working with children has been a wonderful learning experience. She has gained knowledge in teaching techniques, especially in the distinction between language acquisition and language learning.
Gabriella is very dynamic and creative, and she is committed to motivate and help students who want to learn this beautiful Language of Spanish. She is driven by the joy and excitement that comes from teaching and hopes to instill confidence and a passion for learning in every student.
She feels lots of passion for different cultures and languages and in her free time she is learning Russian.
From San Juan, Puerto Rico
Founder-Managing Director, Spanish Instructor
Head Teacher, Spanish Instructor
IT Specialist, Spanish Instructor
Zelma Soto Rodriguez is from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She is a Native Spanish speaker teacher with more than 10 years of experience teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language to international students of all ages. She has a wide experience developing didactic materials and also she is an expertise in grammar and linguistics.
She holds a M.A in Linguistics and a B.A in Foreign Language, both from University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
Zelma was employed in various teaching related positions including teaching Literature, Grammar, Reading and History to all ages. Her knowledge of the Spanish Language Grammar is tremendous and she has a great ability to teach this beautiful Language.
Zelma has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially adults. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized and reliable. She accomplishes these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude.
Her goal at The Art of Spanish Institute is to create a student focused, engaging, effective, and memorable learning experience for our students, and to provide an atmosphere of curiosity and collaboration so that they become lifelong learners, and agents of change wherever they go.
Zelma Soto Rodriguez
From Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Spanish Language School
Serving the Denver Community since 2004!
Javier A Morganti
Javier A Morganti
From Buenos Aires, Argentina
Javier A. Morganti's passion for teaching Spanish led him to establish The Art of Spanish Institute in 2004. He has a total of 14 years of experience in Denver teaching Spanish to both adults and kids. After teaching in several language schools in Denver, Colorado and earning his certificate in teaching Spanish as a Second Language (SSLT), he saw a unique opportunity to create the ultimate Spanish-language learning environment in Denver. His teaching methodology takes maximal advantage of world-class language-learning technologies and the best instructional practices.
In his native Argentina, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (U.B.A University of Buenos Aires), and then worked in marketing and administration for 7 years. Since coming to Colorado in 2001, he has gained wide experience teaching Spanish to English-speakers of all ages and backgrounds. He has taught at schools both public and private, from elementary-, high school- up to university-level courses. Currently, he’s using his business background and experience with on-site corporate trainings to extend The Art of Spanish Institute methodology to corporate and institutional language-training programs.
When you meet Javier, you’ll see his lively passion for teaching and sharing his love of life. That spirit infuses the Art of Spanish Institute, creating a fun, friendly, and extremely powerful environment for learning. When he is not teaching, you’ll find him on the running paths around Washington Park and Cheesman Park, trail-running on the mountains, mountaing biking, photographing in the Rocky Mountains, backpacking or climbing his next 14er.
Create ultimate learning experiences for students of the Spanish language. Create fun, friendly but powerful environment to promote learner’s experience. Dedicated and student-focused teaching professional. Who’s committed to providing a well-balanced, supportive, and engaging learning environment for all students. Proficient at tailoring lessons plans to incorporate student’s diverse interest, and capture their attention and imagination. Talent for integrating thematic units, cooperative learning projects, and class discussion to generate independent thought, improve speaking, reading and writing skills. Hard working and trustworthy educator, who strives to collaborate with all members of the school community to meet the needs of students and promote the philosophy of the The Art of Spanish Institute.
Zelma Soto Rodriguez
Javier Sánchez is a native speaker of Spanish, originally from Bogotá, Colombia. Although his academic preparation is in Electrical Engineering, he has vast experience in the field of Higher Education.
Since 2008, Javier has worked in several universities in Puerto Rico, teaching courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Once relocated to Colorado in 2017, Javier has experienced an advantage of being bilingual, and has seen great potential in transmitting his knowledge and love of Spanish to English speakers of all ages. He specializes in teaching the Spanish Technical Language used among professionals in the STEM area.
His goal as a Spanish teacher at The Art of Spanish Institute is to offer to students a unique learning experience, using his great command of Spanish and technical knowledge of his career.
Furthermore Javier is passionate about soccer, biking and he is a great salsa dancer!
From Bogotá, Colombia
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Maria Judith Lopez
Cristina Acevedo is from Zacatecas, México. She is a native spanish speaker, professionally prepared with a Bachelor’s Degree in Junior High Education, specialized in Geography with vast experience as a teacher from elementary school, Middle school and Adult Education in Mexico.
She has a total six years of classroom experience, improving methods of study that she acquired during her career. She developed a unique and passionate way to make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages and backgrounds. Cristina always finds the best way to keep her students interested and working with motivation, for she is in the idea that Spanish as a romantic language gives the poet more words to play with, like toys to a kid.
In 2014 she had the privilege to come to Colorado where she worked for the local school district on a small town on the northeast corner of the state, where she gained knowledge and experience with the education system in the United States. Cristina also volunteered for various activities such as ESL teacher and worked closely with WIDA testing.
She likes to cook and enjoy the taste of the traditional Mexican food. She also loves to experiment with new flavors. Her hobbies are camping, hiking, swimming and outdoor activities.
She hopes to make the journey of learning Spanish fun and exciting for all the students that study at The Art of Spanish Institute!
From Zacatecas, México
María Judith López is from Bogotá, Colombia. She completed a double Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and Education from the Universidad Nacional in her native country.
Judith, as she prefers to be called, has lived in Denver for the past 11 years. She has always known her great passion for teaching children, so she took the opportunity to study Early Child Education (ECE) at the Community College of Denver; this was a dream come true. This experience truly prepared her as a professional in the ECE field.
She has over 8 years of experience teaching and tutoring her beloved native language to adults and children in private classes and in Denver Public Schools.
Judith is a patient and friendly teacher dedicated to helping her students. She enjoys teaching her native language to both children and adults and is always looking for innovative ways to create fun and interactive lessons.
In her kids' lessons, she incorporates her expertise in ECE to make sure they are engaged and having fun while they are learning Spanish. She uses songs and games, among other strategies, to create a memorable learning experience for them. In her adults' lessons, she uses our audiovisual materials and other resources to stimulate interest and learning, to satisfy the needs of students with different learning styles and language proficiency, making sure that the four language skills are addressed in every lesson: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and also enjoys swimming, listening to music and reading.
Maria Judith Lopez
From Bogotá, Colombia