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Designed for ESL students, both kids and adults in ILCSA

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Spanish Courses

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Corporate Courses

Improve customer service and facilitate inter-staff relations

Medical Interpreter Courses

Provide competent care for Spanish-speaking patients

Dora Stronza

Dora Stronza

Administrative Director

Susareth Andino

Susareth Andino

Enrollment Counselor

Jessica Alvarez

Jessica Alvarez

Enrollment Counselor

Lily Valades

Lily Valades

Chinese Teacher

Lily is native of Taiwan and graduated from Hsiuping University of Science and Technology. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese and English. Since then, she lived all over the world working for the Department of Defense in the field of Finance and Accounting. In her spare time she has had the opportunity to teach basic and intermediate Chinese at the American high school. She also taught English and Mandarin Chinese to non-American students throughout the years in a group and individual setting. She currently resides in San Antonio with her husband, to be close to her daughters and grandchildren. Since July 2015, she has been part of the ILCSA team teaching Mandarin Chinese to individual students.

Aida Abshere

Aida Abshere

English & Spanish Teacher

I was born in Mexico City, Mexico. I have been very blessed to visit many parts of the world. I love experiencing new places and cultures with my husband and two daughters. I have been very lucky to be able to work in some of these countries as an English language teacher. I have also worked as an elementary school teacher here in the States and abroad. I truly enjoy teaching English and Spanish at ILCSA. My favorite experience of teaching is seeing the look on someone’s face when they realize that they ‘got it’.

Andrea Wegner

Andrea Wegner

German, Russian and French Teacher

I am a native of Germany and graduated from State University Leipzig and Odessa (Ukraine) with a Master of Education. My fields of study were modern languages like French, Russian and English.

I have been teaching High School students as well as University students for more than 20 years.

My family and I came to San Antonio last year and I am glad to have the opportunity teaching languages at ILCSA.

Learning as well as teaching languages are the best options to bring people together and to share cultural experiences.

In my leisure time I like going on walks, reading, swimming and spending time with my family and friends.

Sandy Ree

Sandy Ree

English Teacher

I graduated from Penn State University in 1967 with a B.S. in Secondary Education with a major in Spanish. In my junior year I spent a semester in Salamanca, Spain, as part of their study abroad program. After graduating, I taught Spanish at Neshaminy H.S. in Pennsylvania for seven years. I also taught Spanish at Robert E. Lee H.S. in San Antonio for thirteen years and retired in 2006. I began teaching English at ILCSA in 2007. I love teaching the adults who come to our school from countries all over the world eager to learn the English language.

Francesco Perdona

Francesco Perdona

Italian Teacher

Francesco was born and raised in Northern Italy and has had the pleasure and the privilege of teaching Italian for more then five years. He has taught students of all ages and from diverse background, in group,  one-on-one classes and tutoring. His diploma is in classical studies, received in Bergamo – Italy, and he attended university in Padua and Rome, always in classical studies. He has received awards for his poetry and he is working in the music business here in USA and in Europe. He wishes through his teaching to keep his deep connection with the Italian language as well as to relate to his students the cultural and social nuances he thinks make his language so unique and interesting.

Tsai Hsia Bull

Tsai Hsia Bull

Chinese Teacher

My name is Tsai Hsia Bull (Cheri).  I was born in Taiwan and I have been in the US for more than 20 years. I speak English and Chinese. My primary language is Chinese. I learned English in Denver, Colorado. I enjoy teaching Chinese.

María Núñez

María Núñez

Spanish Teacher

Have you ever dreamed of putting a star on your students heart, making a difference in their lives?

Maria was born on January 22, 1966  in México City  but she grew up in Puebla, México. She was raised with a very traditional family values, being the youngest of five children. She graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from“Universidad Vicente de Paul”. Earned the degree in Education on 1986. On 1987 she was certified by the international institute of Sugestopedia, educational system created by Dr. Georgi Losanv to integrate the hemispheres of the brain, increasing the process of learning with alpha music concerts and ludic activities.

Susan Conrad

Susan Conrad

English Teacher

Born in California, raised in West Africa, and schooled in Nebraska, Susan finally ended up in San Antonio where she has lived and worked for the last 20 years. Susan has more than 20 years teaching experience in the public and private sectors.  She enjoys good pastries, good coffee, and good conversation.

Matthew Van Ryn

Matthew Van Ryn

English Teacher

I am a lover of language. I have a degree in linguistics. I have formally studied Spanish and Modern Hebrew. I am teaching myself New Testament Greek. I am creating the Xaliqaj language. I enjoy proofreading and editing.

I believe that humor is a necessary part of everyday life.

I am a husband, and the father of two boys and a girl.

I prefer to play basketball or run as my form of exercise. I like to spend time with my family. I enjoy watching sports events, especially live. I actively listen to several styles of music.

I love to attend concerts.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to teach at ILCSA, and I look forward to helping many students learn how to speak, read and write English fluently.

Nathalie Audi

Nathalie Audi

French and Arabic Teacher

I come from Lebanon. I’m blessed for having a wonderful family. We moved to San Antonio in 2013.

I’m a holder of a degree in languages and translation. I taught for more than 10 years in my country in both public and private schools. I love teaching and believe that learning a new language is like building bridges between different cultures.

I’m teaching Arabic and French at the ILCSA and I’m very happy to be part of the teaching staff.

Alejandra Salinas

Alejandra Salinas

Spanish Teacher

Hi! My name is Alejandra Salinas, I am originally from Mexico. I have a law degree and a Masters degree in Human Resources Administration. In Mexico I taught at a University for five years teaching various subjects as: Administration, Public Administration and Communication. I moved to the US in 2005. I have been teaching Spanish at ILCSA since 2013. It has been a great experience. I really enjoy what I do.

Erika Schrader

Erika Schrader

Spanish Teacher

My name is Erika Schrader Saldarriaga, I was born and raised in Colombia.

I am married and have two wonderful children. My family and I have had the opportunity to live in several countries. In 2001 we moved to Toledo, Ohio where we lived for 9 years. I studied Spanish as a second language and have worked as a teacher for language institutes and private schools since 2005.

Alejandra Nuñez

Alejandra Nuñez

Spanish Teacher

My name is Alejandra Nuñez, I am originally from Puebla, Mexico, a state rich in culture and cuisine. I am 43 years old. I am a mother of two wonderful children and happily married for 18 years. I graduated in business administration, I studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana Golfo Center. I practiced business administration for three years in at Xerox Mexico as a trainer for the area of Customer Service. I also worked 15 years with the Puebla Government in various positions, at the time of my departure I was part of human resources as Deputy Director of training and planning. In 2012, My family and i came to this country. Here I have had the opportunity to continue providing training courses, as well as being a member of ILCSA where I am teaching my native language.

Gabriela Ruiz

Gabriela Ruiz

English, German and Spanish Teacher

Gabriela recently graduated from Texas Christian University with an Economics degree and a minor in German.  Although she grew up in Texas, her parents are originally from Guatemala, so naturally, she grew up speaking Spanish at home. A year before going to University, Gabriela lived in Freiburg, Germany.  There, she learned to read, write and speak German at the Goethe Institute.  During her time at TCU, she tutored in various languages and also got the opportunity to work as a research assistant in the Economics department while performing research in German and Spanish.  In her free time, she loves to travel, knit, play guitar, sing and spend time with family and friends.

Dara Shaw

Dara Shaw

Spanish–English Teacher

I am an accomplished, respected, Spanish–English bilingual international educator who mentors and connects people across cultures to accomplish their personal goals. I am also a versatile and experienced teacher from Pre-K to doctoral levels. My students describe me as patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable. They also appreciate that I push them to achieve their goals with my high expectations.

Regarding cultural sensitivity, I have lived in Puerto Rico (5 years), Panama (4 years) and Colombia (1 year)., and worked extensively with two universities in Ecuador which required numerous visits lasting from one week to four months. One of those stays was a Fulbright Lecturer-Researcher project (2006). In my Ecuadorian work, I evaluate and advise students writing their Master’s Theses in both Spanish and English. I also grew up in New Mexico, so I have been connected to Latino culture for most of my life. I hold a BA degree in Spanish, and I have worked as a Spanish teacher at the Junior High and High School Levels. I am a good tutor and teacher who can patiently motivate my students.

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