Spanish Staff

Jacky – Canta Y Baila Conmigo® – Spanish


Jacky has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University and has spent extensive time living in Spain. She also has over 15 years of experience working with children, including tutoring math, science, and reading to special needs children, nannying, and coaching multiple sports for children in grades K-3.  Jacky has an energetic, creative, and bubbly personality that your child will love!  When she graduated from ECSU, her dream job was to teach Spanish to young children.  Life got in the way of that dream for almost a decade, but she is excited to finally realize that dream and share the Spanish language with young and developing minds!

Claudio – Spanish

Claudio is a Cheshire resident and is a native Spanish speaker.  He was born and raised in Chile. He has been teaching and tutoring Spanish for almost 10 years and has experience with children of all ages and adults.  He loves to see how PHOTO MADISONhis students improve and learn a second language.  He thinks that learning a new language in early years of life is crucial in a globalized world and opens new doors to different cultures.  Claudio holds a Business Administration degree and is currently studying Economics – he never stops learning! When he is not teaching his students or studying, he is frequently training for marathons with the Achilles International team. Claudio recently completed the Hartford marathon and he is training for the Cheshire Half marathon in April. Claudio is very passionate about sports and active life.

“…to have another language is to possess a second soul.” -Charlemagne

Cristina – Spanish

Cristina is a Cheshire resident with over 25 years of experience teaching children in a variety of settings. She has taught Spanish in many children’s programs and as a private tutor.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  For the last 27 years, Cristina has been running her own educational program designed for preschool-aged children in Greenwich, where she integrates Spanish words into her curriculum for 18 month – 3 1/2 year olds.  She is also a certified Spanish Community/Medical Interpreter.


Cristina is originally from Colombia and is the mother of an American-born high school student who speaks Spanish fluently. Cristina believes it is important to speak more than one language since it helps people break barriers and serves as a bridge to connect with other cultures. Her dedication, commitment, passion and warmth will help your child shine as a learner and make it an unparalleled educational experience!

Mollie – Spanish

Mollie has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Relations image1from The University Of Maine. She has experience working with children with a wide range of racial, socioeconomic, and ethnic cultures. After graduating college, she taught children ages 2-6 years at an international private school in Boston, MA. Currently, Mollie teaches preschool in Hamden, creating project-based curriculum centered around the young children, adding in Spanish wherever she can! Mollie is a highly motivated teacher with a passion for enriching the lives of young children.

Sarah – Spanish (& Italian)

Hola! Ciao!  My name is Sarah.  I am a senior at Central Connecticut State University studying secondary education with a focus in Spanish and Italian.  I hope to be a high school Spanish and Italian teacher when I graduate!  I have studied Spanish for 10 years and Italian for 4 years.  Throughout my undergrad, I have studied abroad 3 times.  The first time was in Barcelona & Valencia (Spain).  The second time was in Lima & Cusco (Peru).  I just returned from my most recent trip to Salamanca (Spain) where I studied at the University of Salamanca and lived with a host family for two weeks!  These have all been great experiences for me to be engulfed in the Spanish language and culture.  Finally, next summer I will be traveling to northern Italy for two weeks with another intriguing program offered by CCSU!

By being a teacher, I can share my passion for foreign languages and provide others with the treasure of learning another language.