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Teachers & Staff

All of our teachers are native Spanish speakers and the overwhelming majority of them has at least 10 years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language. Our teachers regularly attend training seminars and short courses in order to improve their teaching methods and grammatical knowledge of Spanish. Every Vida Verde Spanish School teacher is also certified to prepare students for the DELE exam. Collectively, our teachers have instructed hundreds of students in the Spanish language using the one-to-one method, which has proven to be the most rapid and effective way to learn Spanish.

Edith Ochoa

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Education: Specialization in Spanish as a second language. Catholic University. Quito, Ecuador. Certified DELE instructor. Certificate IE Spanish Grammar advanced level. Professional school in computer science. Intermediate Certificate English SENDIA.

Edith is one of our online teachers and has over eight years of professional experience. She enjoys meeting and interacting with people from all over the world and is interested in different cultures. She speaks English and in her spare time she travels throughout Ecuador, enjoys reading and likes to go out dancing.

Hipatia Alarcón

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Education: University Degree in Education, with a Specialization in Grammar & Literature; Universidad Central del Ecuador; certified DELE-instructor.

Hipatia has 22 years of experience teaching Spanish to both foreigners and Ecuadorians at university level. She enjoys spending time with her two children, dancing Salsa and Merengue and loves cooking.

Lucía Rivadeneira

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Education:

Lucia is one of our Spanish teachers. She has many years of experience in teaching Spanish as a second language and is also fluent in English.

Administration

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Fernando Báez Guzmán

Fernando is one of our main Spanish teachers as well as out Academic Director. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of our intensive Spanish program and teaching material and has also written his own Spanish textbooks. Fernando studied literature at the central university of Quito and has more than 25 years of experience in teaching Spanish. He is a certified teacher for the highest level of Spanish (IE). In his freetime, he loves to play football and is part of a folkloristic music and dance group.

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Rosa Proaño

Rosa is the Administrative Director and a co-founder of the Vida Verde Spanish School. She has worked in the administration and management of Spanish language schools for over 20 years. Rosa takes care of everything and knows everyone! She loves to visit her home town in the countryside on the weekends where she can enjoy fresh tropical fruits, crystal-clear streams and the clean air.