Elena’s bilingual and bicultural background inspires her passion for teaching the Spanish language and sharing its culture. She brings personal experiences and understanding to the classroom and creates fun, interactive opportunities for her students to master Spanish, the official language of more than twenty countries. As her students learn the language, they simultaneously delve into the richness of food, music and customs of these countries.
Elena fell in love with the Spanish language as a first-year college student and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from California State University, East Bay. She worked for thirty years at a public high school, teaching all levels of Spanish, and serving in a variety of meaningful roles, including many years as department head during which time she implemented the Advanced Placement® (AP) Spanish courses. Elena loves to travel and has visited many Spanish-speaking countries. Some of the more memorable places she has experienced include the church La Sagrada Corazon in Barcelona, Spain, and the ruins of Machu Picchu high in the Andes Mountains in Peru.