Our teachers are fun, energetic, enthusiastic, personable, and patient.

We adapt to make your learning experience enjoyable. JLC carefully selects its instructors and professors for their passion for teaching, language education, and certification, unlike other tutoring agencies that hire volunteers. We pride ourselves on developing lasting relationships built on respect and mutual understanding with students. 


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David Minaya
Spanish Communications Specialist

Services Offered: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of Spanish in group classes and private lessons for adults and children

Experience and Credentials:

  • Architect degree from Ricardo Palma University

  • Spanish art and language studies in Lima, Peru

  • 4 years Spanish professor at the Longmont Free University

  • 2 years after programs, Spanish instructor at Burlington, Fall River, and Montessori Elementary schools.

  • 5 years teaching Spanish to professional adults and companies providing on-site lessons

  • 4 years creating and developing the Spanish Easy & Fun program language curriculum

Travel Experience: 

U.S.A., South America, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and Canada


Jay Minaya
Spanish and English Communications Specialist

Services Offered: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of Spanish in group classes and private lessons for business professionals, adults, teens and children

Experience and Credentials:

  • Business Administration and Marketing degree from University of Colorado

  • SEF Language School and Minaya Group Real Estate Investment owner

  • Spanish and Linguistics studies at Museo de Arte de Lima

  • 4 years Spanish professor at the Longmont Free University

  • 5 years teaching Spanish to professional adults and companies providing private lessons and group classes at SEF

  • 4 years creating and developing the Spanish Easy & Fun program language curriculum

Travel Experience: 

Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand.


Jala Pfaff
Spanish and English Communications Specialist

Services offered:

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of Spanish and English in group classes and private lessons

Experience and Credentials:

  • Doctoral coursework, General and Hispanic Linguistics, OSU, Honors

  • M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Honors

  • B.A., Spanish, Alma College, Honors

  • A.A., International Studies, Lansing Community College, Honors

  • Medical Interpreter Certification Training, Bridging The Gap program

  • Spanish instructor at Lifelong Learning Program

  • ESL instructor at SEF language School

  • University of Colorado, Ohio State University, and Front Range Community College

  • IBM

Besides being an exceptional Spanish and English language teacher, Jala is also a published writer, and a professional artist, specializing in abstract painting. Her work can be seen at the Osmosis Gallery in Niwot, and also at www.jalapfaff.com.

Travel Experience: 

Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Europe, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, India, and New Zealand


Isnali Vera
Italian and Spanish Communications Specialist

Services Offered: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of Spanish and Italian in groups classes and private lessons for adults and children

Experience AND Credentials:

  • Law degree, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela

  • Accounting degree, Universidad Santa Maria, Venezuela

  • Taxes and Payroll Degree, ENAIP Flessip Lombardia, Italy

  • Spanish and Italian instructor at British & Deutsch Institutes Group (Lecco, Italy)

  • Spanish teacher at the Spanish Institute (Boulder, CO)

Isnali Vera is a native Spanish speaker born in Venezuela. There, she acquired degrees in law and accounting before studying taxation in Italy. While in Italy, Isnali began teaching Spanish at a language institute. She found teaching group classes and one-on-one lessons at different proficiency levels professionally satisfying. Teaching became an important part of her life, and she has continued to seek opportunities to teach foreign languages. Isnali then lived in Spain for five years, which provided new opportunities in language instruction. This was personally rewarding and affirmed her teaching philosophy and her vocational desire to transmit knowledge and expand students’ linguistic and cultural horizons.

A former ESL student at Front Range Community College, Isnali appreciates the challenges that language students encounter, as well as the wonders and opportunities that learning additional languages provide. Her son was born in Spain and has been raised in a bilingual Spanish and Italian home. In Colorado, Isnali has taught children extensively and recognizes the importance of teaching in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Travel Experience:

USA, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, France, Principality of Monaco, England, Holland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bahamas, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao, and Venezuela


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Jen Taylor
English Communication Specialist

Services Offered: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of English in group classes and private lessons

Experience and Credentials:

Retired from the Boulder Valley School District in June 2014, Jen was a teacher of Literacy, English as Second Language, and Special Education for 20 years, for many years at the elementary and middle school levels, and for most of her career, at the high school level.

After her retirement Jen has found avenues for her interest in teaching and literacy, through part-time employment and writing. She has worked for Fort Collins Read Aloud, a nonprofit based in Fort Collins, for three and a half years. As the executive director for FCRA, she works with volunteers and teachers, as well as presenting to groups of parents in the Fort Collins area, educating, encouraging and empowering them to be the best and most important teachers of literacy to their babies, toddlers, and young children by developing language in their children through reading aloud. Jen currently tutors a limited number of students living in the Lafayette area, ages 10 - 12, in reading, comprehension, and organization skills. Jen is an author of a first novel of historical fiction and is at work on her second. Jen is delighted to be teaching English as a Second Language with the Journey Language Center. Working with adults is providing her with opportunities for her own learning. Jen lives in Lafayette with her husband, Buzz. They have two grown daughters who live and work in Boulder. They recently welcomed a grandson to the family.


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Nora Smith
French Communications Specialist

Services Offered: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of French in groups classes and private lessons for adults and children

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS: 

  • French Native

  • PLACE (PRAXIS) Certification at Denver

  • B.A. Business Administration- ISEFAC, Lille, France

  • French Teacher for High School in Greeley, Colorado

  • French Teacher for Immersion Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colorado

Travel Experience:

  • France, Belgium, England, Morocco, USA and Canada

Besides being a French Teacher, Nora enjoys spending time with family and friends outside of her home. She likes walking around lakes and watching her children playing at their soccer or volleyball matches.


Kelly Noe

Spanish and English Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED:

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels of Spanish, Basic French and ESL language lessons in group classes and private lessons for adults and children

Experience and Credentials:

  • M.A. in Spanish from Miami University of Ohio

  • B.A. in French from Miami University of Ohio

  • B.S. in Education from Miami University of Ohio

  • Spanish Lecturer and Intermediate Spanish Coordinator at the University of Montana

  • Lecturer in Spanish at Western State Colorado University (Formerly Western State College)

  • Teacher at Colegio Nido de Aguilas and Lincoln International School in Chile

  • ESL Instructor positions: Chile, Costa Rica and Open English (online)

BIOGRAPHY

Recently relocated from Missoula, Montana, Kelly brings over 15 years experience of teaching Spanish to university students.  Kelly lived and worked in Santiago, Chile after completing her undergraduate studies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking pilgrimage routes in Europe and going to the Rocky Mountain National Park for hikes and picnics. 

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Latin America, Western Europe and the Caribbean


Lenice Arias
Portuguese, Spanish and English Communications Specialist

Services offered:

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels of Portuguese, Spanish and English in group classes and private lessons.

Experience and Credentials:

  • B.A. in Spanish and Education from Texas Wesleyan University

  • Portuguese Linguistic and Literature Studies at the Faculdade Porto Alegrense, Brazil

  • Bilingual and English and a Second Language Certified teacher for twenty years in Fort Worth, TX

  • English as a Second Language teacher with adults for five years

  • Portuguese teacher for adults at the Brazilian Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico

I was born and raised in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. My upbringing allowed me to experience various cultures and languages. I began my formal studies of Language Arts in Brazil. Then I moved to Mexico City where Spanish became my second language. My next great move was to the United States where I completed my bachelor degree in Spanish and Education. Once graduated, my love for teaching began to flourish. I became a Bilingual and ESL teacher to adults and children. I find serving others through their growth and exploration of language to be immensely rewarding. I enjoy nature, learning new aspects of language and culture, yoga, travel, tennis, and dancing to samba!

Travel Experience:

Brazil, Mexico, U.S.A, Holland, Spain, France and Italy

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Edmund Ha
French Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of French in group classes and private lessons for adults and kids

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

  • French native

  • Business degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business

  • Provided translation services to mobile software applications for multinationals

  • Over 10 years experience tutoring French to student and professional adults

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: 

France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, England, U.S.A., Canada, Hong-Kong, and China


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Sandi Higgins
French and English Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of French & ESL in group classes and private lessons for adults and children

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

  • Bachelors of Fine Arts from New York University TISCH with a minor in French and a major in Film/TV

  • French language, culture, cinema, and theatre studies in Paris, France

  • 7 years working as a French-English interpreter for francophone filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC

  • Onscreen French-English interpreter for CBS Paramount TV’s Entertainment Tonight/The Insider

  • Volunteered on organic farms in the Pyrenees and Bretagne region of France

  • Published original poetry written in French

Travel Experience:

U.S.A., France, Italy, India, South Africa, Mozambique, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Fiji, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey, francophone Canada


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Paige Walstrom
English Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of English in group classes and private lessons for adults and children

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

Masters of Public Health, Brown University (Global Health Scholar)

  • Bachelors of Fine Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate (additional certification in Business English and English for Young Learners)

  • ESL Tutor at the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado

  • Annual ESL Volunteer in La Alberca, Spain

  • ESL Instructor at SpeakFirst Chicago

In addition to her English language teaching, Paige is also a Global Health researcher and educator for over 15yrs, a published writer of scientific international research, and a photographer with featured works in four countries.  She's not good at singing karaoke but insists on doing anyway, anywhere, any time.

Travel Experience:

Traveled to: USA, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, UAE, Morocco, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique

Lived in: USA, Belize, Rwanda, Zambia, Ireland, France


Lisa Smith
German Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED: 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of German in group classes and private lessons for adults and children

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

  • Abitur (high school degree) Karolienen Gymnasium, Germany

  • Diploma in French, Institut Catholique, Paris

  • Bachelor of Music Performance, University of Denver, ColoradoTeaching

  • Certificate from alphatraining Karlsruhe, Germany

I am a native German speaker, lived there for 40 years and taught at a Human Resource Center in Cologne, Germany. Besides being an inspiring German and English teacher Lisa sang at 4 German Opera Houses as a Mezzo-Soprano and recently self-published a Novella under her pen name in 2018. Her short stories, poems and spiritual testimonials are published in English and German on her website amywinsloe.com. “I always give my best to students in a creative way, so that learning German is something fun to do”. The students will receive solid grammar knowledge combined with creative exercises in high German. For students who want to visit a German speaking country; they will be equipped with common expressions in food, cultural habits – saying nice things without having to think of the grammar.

Travel Experience:

Germany, France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Dubai, USA, Honduras, Guatemala  


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JoAnne Stone
Program & Office Coordinator

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communications, Boston University, Boston, MA

  • Study Abroad Program, International Institute of Madrid, Madrid Spain

  • More than 10 years experience working in Nonprofit Organizations in Fundraising and Program Development including: Aloha United Way, National Kidney Foundation, Christmas in April, YMCA

  • Instructor of First Aid & CPR, Water Safety, Swim lessons and Gymnastics

  • Assisted in the planning, development and operation of two start up companies

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE:

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USA, Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, France, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, England, Scotland.