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Paola Mizrahi

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Paola holds a BA in Psychology from the Catholic University Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with families and children in different positions.

 

She was Family and Community Engagement Supervisor at Seattle Public Schools, Spanish Preschool Teacher at Hutch Kids Childcare Center in Seattle, and has been leading groups and camps for children since she was 16 years old. 

She was born and raised in Venezuela, where she learned not only the rich Spanish Language but also the lively Latin-American culture, based on community values, festive spirit, curiosity and creativity.

She strongly believes that children thrive when they are engaged, motivated, and challenged in a safe environment. Her philosophy for Jump on Languages is based on positive relationships, interactive learning, and celebration of growth

Meet Our Admin Team

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EDDY REIF

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Eddy has always been passionate about working with kids, from being counselor for youth programs in his home country of Venezuela to serving on the board of Hutch Kids (the day-care affiliated with the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, SCCA and UW) for six years. Eddy is the co-founder of Jump On Languages and runs the business and administrative side of the program. He was born and raised in Venezuela, and he holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Simon Bolivar University, as well as an MBA from UC Berkeley. His professional career includes experience in brand management at Procter & Gamble, marketing for Venezuela’s largest newspaper, management consulting, and 15 years at Amazon leading product and engineering teams. In January 2021, Eddy decided to dedicate himself full time to the community and to running Jump On Languages. He loves using his business and project management experience to make an impact. He also spends time supporting Seattle Public Schools'  COVID protocols at John Stanford International School and teaching project management courses at UW. 

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nora kaplan

ENGLISH ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES

Nora holds a PhD in Discourse Studies, a Masters in TEFL and a BA in English Philology from  the University of Salamanca.  She has wide experience as a teacher of English and teacher trainer in South America and Spain, where she has been involved in bilingual education and CLIL. She is the founder and academic director of Nora Kaplan Language Centre and is also a researcher at the University of Salamanca.

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anna ciriani-dean

PROGRAM MANAGER

Anna holds a BA in French and German and an MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL. She has been working with language learners since 2009, and her mission is to spread the joy of language learning and make language learning accessible and engaging for all. Prior to joining Jump on Languages, she worked as an ESL and EFL instructor, curriculum designer, and assessment specialist in a variety of settings and capacities both in the U.S. and abroad. She lived in Italy for 8 years as a child, and lived and worked in France and Armenia. She is a proud bilingual native speaker of English and Italian, and she has varying levels of proficiency in French, German, Armenian and Hindi. And of course she's learning Spanish, too! In her spare time she enjoys podcasting, outdoor adventures, ballet, and snuggling with her cat.

Meet Our Seattle-based Teachers

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MARíA ELENA hoveskeland

LEAD SPANISH TEACHER, PRESCHOOL & AFTER SCHOOL

Maria Elena Hoveskelan is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico with experience teaching Spanish as a second language in different Spanish Immersion schools in the Seattle area. She has been working in early childhood education for over 15 years,  specializing in the Montessori Philosophy for over 3 years before joining Jump on Languages. Her teaching philosophy is aligned with play-based learning and a mixture of other well recognized approaches that foster independence, self-confidence and the joy of learning while developing critical skills needed for life. She is thankful to be a part of each child's successful educational journey.

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Carolina león montalvo

SPANISH TEACHER, PRESCHOOL & AFTER SCHOOL
LANGUAGE PLAYTIME COORDINATOR

Carolina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Universidad Politécnica Salesiana del Ecuador. She attended Colegio Americano de Quito for elementary and high school, where she started her bilingual education. She has taught English as a second language in Quito-Ecuador and Spanish as a second language in Seattle. She has almost twenty years of experience teaching languages. She loves play and project-based educational approaches as well as discovering new things with the students every day.

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lorena del pino

SPANISH TEACHER, PRESCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL
AFTERSCHOOL COORDINATOR

Lorena was born and raised in Mexico City, where she studied communications and filmmaking at Anáhuac University Mexico. After college she moved to New York to pursue a career in the arts, where she studied Musical Theatre and Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy. She has been working with kids as a teaching artist for more than ten years. She is very passionate about early childhood education, and is thrilled to be a part of the team at JOL to share her love for culture and the arts. In her view, there is nothing more fulfilling than being part of a child’s life, to positively inspire them and to see all the wonderful things they are capable of doing when you show you believe in them.

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nathaly alcantara

SPANISH TEACHER, PRESCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL

Nathaly is from Venezuela. She is trained as a professional administrator, but is an educator at heart. Her father and uncles were teachers in Venezuela, so she's passionate about and educating children. She has experience in the field of planning and coordination , and she considers herself a dynamic and responsible person who values ​​teamwork and commitment to colleagues, families and students. She also values language teaching and the use of new information technologies and methodologies to facilitate learning. She has taken several childcare courses with Washington State. She loves teaching children and learning from them daily. Before joining JOL, she worked in a bilingual day school, which made her fall more in love with this beautiful career.

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valerie lonneman

SPANISH TEACHER, PRESCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL, LANGUAGE PLAYTIME

Valerie holds a BA in Spanish and Psychology and spent a semester living in Valparaiso, Chile. She also holds a MA in Public Affairs and has a diverse work background, including nannying, farming, city planning, program management, Spanish medical interpretation, leading school tours, and youth program coordination. She attended public Montessori schools from preschool through high school and is passionate about sparking creativity and wonder in youth through play and exploration. She is excited to do this within a Spanish language learning context! She is also a drummer and is developing a curriculum to introduce youth to different cultures by exploring traditional rhythms. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and practicing meditation. She loves being YaYa (the Karen language word for "aunt") to her niece and nephew, who never fail to inspire goofiness and imagination.

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iara cardoso

SPANISH TEACHER, AFTERSCHOOL & IN-PERSON TUTORING

Iara holds a bachelors degree in Spanish from Arizona State University. She recently moved from Arizona to pursue her career in teaching Spanish to young children. Before moving to Seattle, Iara worked with young children and was excited when she was presented with the opportunity to work with JOL and put her Spanish degree to work. Iara believes that learning a second language is very important and opens up a world of possibilities. She hopes to continue teaching for a long time and inspire future generations. 

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noelia arzán vázquez

SPANISH TEACHER, AFTERSCHOOL

Originally from Puerto Rico, Noelia holds a BA in Modern Languages (French, Italian and Portuguese) as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Noelia moved to Seattle in 2007. Here in Seattle she completed credits in Montessori early education and got certified as a children’s yoga teacher (ages 2-7) with Next Generation Yoga. She has worked as a Spanish teacher for children (ages 0-7) and as a Montessori teacher in different schools around the Seattle area. Noelia is passionate about teaching young children and learning from them. She believes in creating a fun and diverse classroom that encourages every child’s creativity, curiosity and global awareness. In her free time, Noelia loves spending time with her family, traveling, reading, doing yoga and going to be beach.

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edith zinger corona

SPANISH TEACHER, AFTERSCHOOL & LANGUAGE PLAYTIME

Edith is from Mexico where she spent more than 15 years working in childcare and as an art teacher. She is passionate about cultural diversity and truly believes that art is one of the best mediums for children to explore and learn. She loves working with children and admires their openness and ability to adapt. She things learning a second (or as many as possible!) language at a young age changes the mind in such positive and wonderful ways and is excited to be part of this team helping people on this beautiful journey. When not doing art, she likes to spend her time in nature, reading and cooking. She's an avid language learner herself and is currently studying Italian and ASL. One of her goals for the future is to become an ASL interpreter to help her community not only to be diverse but also inclusive. 

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DANNIA VELAZCO

SPANISH TEACHER, AFTERSCHOOL

Dannia is a native Spanish Speaker born in Mexico City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from BYUI. She has worked with children and adolescents in various settings including an elementary school, and community mental health. While working as a counseling intern at an elementary school, she taught emotional regulation and conflict resolution skills to students. She has also worked as a mentor to first gen Latinx college students. Dannia is passionate about language and culture and how these can bridge the gap in our communities. Dannia is also passionate about yoga, mindfulness, and being outdoors! She is excited to be part of Jump on Languages and work alongside wonderful teachers!

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IDA HENRICKSEN

SPANISH TEACHER, IN-PERSON TUTORING

Ida is originally from Lima, Peru, and she loves teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. She first started volunteering in 2001 at John Stanford International School. She loves to see younger kids learn about different subjects in Spanish. Here in Seattle she created a group, "Spanish is Fun in Seattle," where she has taught different levels of Spanish from children ages 2 to 6. My teaching style focuses on adapting to each child's unique learning style and incorporating play and learning through authentic games, songs, stories, art and dancing. I am very enthusiastic and believe kids learn best when they are having fun. Above all else I want children to be happy and experience the joy of learning.

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sakura tabuchi

JAPANESE TEACHER, IN-PERSON TUTORING & LANGUAGE PLAYTIME

Sakura is a student pursuing a math degree. She is bilingual in Japanese and English, as well as currently learning Spanish. She enjoys working with kids because of their diverse backgrounds and being able to guide them on their learning journey. She loves to learn from kids and admire their endless energy and creativity. She is new to Seattle and has so far  enjoyed getting to know the area. In her free time she likes to hike, explore new places, and travel!

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xiaoting

MANDARIN TEACHER, IN-PERSON TUTORING & LANGUAGE PLAYTIME

Xiaoting was born and raised in northern China, where she gained a.master’s degree in linguistics.  After college she came to America to pursue her further education. She gained her second master’s degree in multilingual education in New Jersey. She moved to Seattle with her family in 2017. She has over five years of teaching experience in both classroom settings and in-person tutoring and is passionate about teaching Mandarin. She is very caring and she is always aware of the multicultural background of her students. She especially  loves working with kids and is thrilled to be a part of the team at JOL to share her love for language and culture.