Our teachers and administrative staff are fun, energetic, enthusiastic, personable and patient

We adapt to make your learning experience enjoyable. Our teachers are certified language instructors, and unlike other agencies that hire volunteers, we at JLC, carefully select our instructors for their passion for teaching and language education. We pride ourselves on developing lasting relationships with our students, that are built on respect and mutual understanding. 


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David Minaya
Founder, Program Director and
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
Founder, CEO and
Spanish & 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.


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JoAnne Stone
Program Coordinator & Office Administrator




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:

Lived in 8 States in the USA, and Hawaii.

Traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, France, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Belize.


Jala Pfaff
Spanish & 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, 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 & 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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Dhyana Eagleton
French & English Communication Specialist

Services Offered: 

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

Experience and Credentials:

  • M.A. English, Minor: Education (Languages: Spanish, Italian, Arabic) Universite de Paris VIII, Paris, France 1981

  • School of Language and Linguistics at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

  • French Baccalaureate

  • 30 years of teaching French and ESL in Paris, London, California, Colorado

  • Designer and facilitator of a Train the Trainers Program at AOL call center in Bangalore, India

  • English Dept. Head - taught high school English Honors and French I-III

  • ESL, presentation skills, pronunciation expert in pre-MBA programs for 10 years at the Economics Institute in Boulder, CO for high-level global business students.

  • ESL instructor at the English Language Center, Denver, CO.

  • ESL teacher at business school, Summit College, CA.

  • Translation work

Dhyana Eagleton is a native French speaker, born in Paris (French mother), bilingual, and maintains her dual-citizenship. She spent her first 21 years living in Europe, the Middle-East, and French West Africa. Being uprooted and transposed to different environments from developing countries to European cities, made her both highly adaptable and broad-minded, as well as acutely sensitive to the specific cultures and values of humans beings in different parts of the world. Dhyana has taught French and ESL in a variety of settings around the globe, ranging from private instruction and high school, to international corporate settings. She brings an immersive experience to her students and balances structure and conversational learning while adapting to diverse learning styles.

Travel Experience:

Lived in: Paris, London, Madrid, Damascus, Beirut, and Kirkuk, Iraq, Iran, England, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Traveled to: Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Wales, Norway, Mexico, Guatemala, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Turkey, Yemen, China


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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.


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Louise Santos
Portuguese Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED:

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

Experience and Credentials:

  • Portuguese Native (Brazilian)

  • Bachelors degree in Marketing and MBA in Business Administration, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

  • English and French studies at Académie linguistique internationale, Montreal

  • 3 years of experience in International Business

BIOGRAPHY

Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Louise become fascinated by other languages and cultures. After her first international trip to Argentina, she decided to live in Montreal, Canada, to study English and French. After that she decided to study business, and work with international businesses. Besides being a Portuguese instructor, Louise loves to spend time with family and friends. She likes to go to the mountains, and enjoys the summer, when she can run outside, bike ride and get tan. 

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Argentina, Canada, Mexico, England, Brazil, Caribbean, Colombia & Chile


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Laura Barta
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:

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

  • Bachelors of Spanish Literature, University of Montana

  • Study Abroad in Buin, Chile for 5 months, and Granada, Spain for a year

  • Spanish linguistics, literature, culture, and theatre studies in Granada Spain

  • Translator/Editor of psychology course material

  • Tutor in English and Spanish

  • Outdoor instructor and guide for a wilderness therapy company for teens

  • Several years of volunteer experience, teaching Spanish-speaking children of migrant workers, at the Migrant School Program, Polson, Montana

Laura was raised on an Indian reservation in Montana where she became fascinated by other languages and cultures. After studying abroad in Chile in high school, she obtained a bachelors in Spanish Literature, studying both Spanish and English Linguistics. She lived in Granada, Spain for a year, expanding her knowledge of Spanish culture and pragmatics. She loves to learn and teach language, as a child does, through observation, repetition, and enthusiasm!  She is currently enrolled in a masters program in Speech-Language Pathology, where she plans to expand her knowledge of language and the cognitive processes involved.  Outside the classroom, Laura loves to dance tango, mountain bike, ski, and hike.

Travel Experience:

Lived in: U.S.A., Chile, Spain

Traveled to: France, Argentina, Costa Rica, Belize, The Netherlands, Ireland, England


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


Sabine Cetinkaya-Kruse
German, Spanish and English Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED: 

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

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

  • Born in Germany and raised in Spain and Germany; for more than 30 years, Sabine has traveled Europe training and educating people in the area of language and culture.

  • Expert in Spanish, German and English, Sabine has worked with some of the largest companies as well as with numerous language schools in Germany and Spain.

  • Founded and operated a cultural language school for Spanish, German and English in Northern Germany. 

  • Recently married, she moved to the U.S. in 2015 and has continued her passion of language and culture.

  • Educated at the University of Salamanca in Spain, Sabine has developed a unique technique to language training and intercultural understanding which accelerates the learning process.

Travel Experience:

Germany, Spain, Europe


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Arno Glompner
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:

  • Master in Social Geography from the Technical University of Munich

  • Corporate Communications Manager for global tech companies creating messaging and local success stories in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Transforming technology into language for everybody to understand.

  • Most recently spent several years in South Florida working with journalists and media in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Instructor in Badminton for children and young adults after his own career as a sports professional.

Travel Experience:

All over Europe, UAE, Russia, Taiwan, most of the Caribbean, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.


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James Brunetti
Spanish, Italian, French and German Communications Specialist

SERVICES OFFERED: 

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

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS:

  • Degree in Italian studies from the University of Perugia

  • BA in Spanish and French from Metropolitan State College, Denver Colorado

  • Sales Manager for a Wine distributor, and facilitated conversations between Italian, German and French clients

  • Taught middle and high school foreign language in Denver Public Schools and Adams 12 School District for 25 years

  • Administrator in Adams 12 Schools for two years.

  • Translated two books from Italian to English

  • Spent several years in Europe and Italy playing professional tennis and giving tours of Rome and surrounding areas in Italian, English, German, Spanish and French

  • Tennis instructor and coach

Travel Experience:

Travel Experience: Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, England, Ireland, Mexico, and Canada.


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