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Michèle Atallah, a native bilingual speaker of French and Arabic, was born and
raised in Lebanon. She has taught French and Spanish at Bethlehem High
School for many years. She is also an adjunct French professor at the State
University at Albany. Traveling, learning and teaching languages are her
Gloria was raised in
New York City in a Spanish-speaking household and is bilingual.
She received a B.S. from the University at Albany in
political science with a Minor
in Spanish and previously worked with the New York State Department
of Labor where she translated and interpreted for Spanish speaking applicants. She
also assisted in the creation of a Spanish speaking hotline. She loves
teaching the preschool and elementary Spanish classes with
CRLC and makes her classes come alive with boundless energy. She has been teaching with
Capital Region Language Center for more than 6 years.
Belkis Castro, a native Spanish speaker originally from Venezuela, moved
to the US in 2008 with her family. Belkis enjoys
teaching both children and adults. Her teaching style is systematic, but
open and spontaneous at the same time, allowing for creativity. She guides
her students to learn Spanish by associating the similarities and
differences of both language and culture. Belkis' passion for
Spanish is contagious.
Prior to teaching Belkis enjoyed a career as an
attorney. If you are an attorney or a judge and are looking for a
vocabulary-rich Spanish program, we have the teacher for you!
Whether children, youth or seniors, expect the class to be participatory and
Jennifer learned Spanish while living in
Chile. She is enamored of the country
and the people. After a year and a half she returned to the states
and earned a BA in Spanish, BS in Special Education, and
an MSLT- Master of
Second Language Teaching. After moving to New
York she completed her
NYS certification and has enjoyed teaching in local public and private
schools. She has experience teaching preschool children to adults.
Jen also has experience teaching ESL and
informal interpreting. She LOVES traveling, learning about
other people, their languages and cultures and wants to help you enjoy the
Charlene is a Spanish professor at Skidmore College in
Saratoga Springs. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese and
has taught all of those languages at the college level. She also
focuses on Spanish and Hispanic literature and
culture; Francophone literature and Maghrebi women writers. She
is a frequent traveler and her positive energy is contagious.
Carmen Nieves was born in New Jersey and spent her
early childhood in the US, speaking both Spanish and English at home. She
later moved to Puerto Rico for 16 years, where she got her BA in Education
in Secondary Level Spanish at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras
and became a certified teacher. She is currently back in the US and working
on her MA in Spanish Linguistics and a PhD in Latin American, Caribbean and
US Latino Studies, with a focus on how Puerto Ricans build their identity
based on the education they're exposed to as colonial subjects. She
presented a paper at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference in
October 2012 and is a published author (a book of poetry called
“Despertar”). Her passion in life is teaching, and she loves to share her
language and culture with her students!
Born and raised in Cuba,
Sara immigrated to the
United States where she learned English as
a Second Language and gained a personal understanding of the difficulties
involved in learning languages and navigating new cultures.
She studied education, linguistics, and second language acquisition
at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois
at Champaign-Urbana. Sara holds
NYS permanent teaching certificates in Pre K – 6th grade and K-12
Spanish. For many years, Sara coordinated a wide variety of professional
development activities for educators in the Capital
While part of her career was focused on teacher education and
training, she has, over many years, taught nearly every grade level from
first grade through adults in bilingual programs, ESL classes, pre-service
teacher education, and Spanish. She
has travelled widely and attempted to learn several other languages.
Sara is immensely impressed by the commitment, interest, and hard
work demonstrated by the students at CRLC.
Corporate and Community Clients include:
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
The Philadelphia Flyers
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
The College of St. Rose
Religious of the
Saratoga Academy of Arts and Sciences
Greenbush Child Caring
Saratoga Springs City School District
Is it important to be bi/trilingual?
Great video, from the UK.
Language CDs or Classes? CDs are
ok as a supplemental resource, but they generally won't do the job