MEET THE TEAM
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.
ANA GARRÁN RODRÍGUEZ
Ana is currently doing her PhD in Spanish studies at the University of Salamanca. The focus of her dissertation is error analysis in American college students’ written texts in Spanish. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) and a Degree in Spanish Philology from the University of Salamanca. She has experience as a Spanish teacher (both face-to-face and online) working with students of different age groups and nationalities. As an Erasmus student, she worked as conversation coach of college students in England, and she was group leader for the study-abroad company Learn-in-trips for several years. She has excellent communication skills and rapport with children, and is very proficient in IT.
MARÍA PAULA BOADA ÁNGEL
María Paula is currently finishing her Master’s studies in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She holds a Degree in Spanish Studies, Minor in English and French, from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional of Bogotá, Colombia. She lived in Minnesota, where she worked as an assistant teacher in Kinder and elementary level at an English-Spanish immersion school, helping students with learning difficulties in academic subjects such as Mathematics and Science in Spanish. She is good with technology, she is very creative and loves working with children.
Giselle is from Argentina. She has a Degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires where she graduated with honors. She is the Teachers’ Coordinator at Victor Class Institute, where she tutors children in academic subjects such as Math, Language, History and Geography. Although she has worked with international companies in the area of business, she loves teaching, both Spanish and English. She is proficient in IT. Has a Diploma in Online Teaching Best Practices from IE Publishing. She loves working with children and adults and is a committed, enthusiastic professional.
Carla has a Degree in Primary Education, Major in English Teaching and a Master’s Degree in CLIL and bilingual education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She has experience teaching Spanish and English to children in Spain, Denmark and in Seattle (USA), where she was an intern at John Stanford International School. She has also experience as a group leader in summer camps in Catalonia. Her native languages are Spanish and Catalan, and she has an
Laura has a Degree in Primary Teaching, with a major in English, from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She has an Advanced level of English and is currently studying to get Proficiency. She taken several courses on TEFL, Neuroeducation, Creative Development and Conflict Resolution. She has experience teaching Spanish and English, in formal and informal contexts, to children in Spain and Finland. She has worked as group leader in summer camps in Spain and has experience doing online tutoring. She is an enthusiastic, creative and organized teacher.
Margarita holds a Degree in Primary Education, Major in English Teaching from the University Center María Inmaculada in Antequera, Málaga, Spain, where she graduated with honors. She has taken several courses on Learning Styles in the Educational Context, Volunteer Training and Design for Change. She is enthusiastic and creative and enjoys working with children and help them exploit their full potential. She is a native speaker of Spanish and is proficient in English.
Yvet holds Degrees both in Pre-school and Primary Education, major in English, from the University of Valladolid, Spain. She has experience teaching Spanish and English in Spain, UK and the US. She has also experience working with special needs children, something she really enjoys. She is a native speaker of Spanish and has an excellent command of Euzkera and English. She has published articles on Project Work in INFAD, the “International Journal of Developmental and Educational Psychology”. Yvet is enthusiastic, creative, and very organized.
Michiko is a Japanese native teacher and translator, based in Madrid. She holds Degrees both in English Literature and Language from Wako University in Tokyo, and in Spanish Philology from the University of Salamanca, Spain. She has vast experience teaching Japanese to adults and children in different high schools and language schools and academies in Madrid. Apart from being a native speaker of Japanese, she is proficient in English and Spanish, and is an intermediate speaker of Portuguese.
She has co-authored the Marugoto Japanese Grammar Books for Spanish Speakers, Intermediate Levels (https://www.fundacionjapon.es/es/Actividades/Lengua-Japonesa/evento/163/marugoto-gramatica)
Accomplished ESL Teacher with a proven track record preparing students to take official English exams, most notably the Cambridge exams. With extensive experience working within language academies and public schools in Spain and other countries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting and a Master’s Degree in Advanced English Studies, both from the University of Salamanca, Spain. He is a native speaker of English and bilingual in Spanish. Also proficient in French. He has the expertise, patience and enthusiasm to plan and give successful lessons as well as to monitor and assess students’ learning. He also has the ability to encourage students to learn through motivation and positive behavior.