Luis Miguel, M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language (2017) & B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature (2000).
Luis was born and raised in a Latin American country and speaks Spanish fluently. He is the grandson of an immigrant from Asturias, Spain. The Spanish language has been his truly passion since childhood participating in innumerable contests at the local and national level. At the age of fourteen, he won the Golden Medal at the National Spanish Contest for secondary school students. A few years later, Luis had the opportunity to attend college and studied Spanish Language and Literature. He graduated with honors and a summa cum laude degree as a Spanish teacher. He is been working in the educational field for more than 20 years, mostly as a college professor and high school teacher.
Luis also has experience as a journalist and professional anchor working for more than a decade for public and private Spanish media stations like Univision and Telemundo Palm Springs. He is the author of the book De la palabra al sonido: cuentística en la radio. (2001).
He has pursued graduate studies at Humboldt State University and University of California San Diego earning his teaching credentials in Spanish. In 2017, he graduated with honors from the International Master for Spanish Teachers program at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain. Mr. Cruz is a fingerprinted and certified Spanish teacher.
Yipsy De Armas, B.S. in Education (2001)
Mrs. De Armas was born and raised in a Latin American country and speaks Spanish fluently. As the youngest daughter of Spanish immigrants from the Canary Islands, she understands the differences between the Spanish from Spain and Latin America. She grew up in a monolingual environment and only learned English as a foreign language in middle and high school. That challenge fueled her desire of speaking English to her daughter since she was a toddler. When Mrs. De Armas and her family moved to the United States, she wanted to raise a bilingual daughter while maintaining her Spanish heritage, traditions, and culture.
Her bachelor's degree in Education and Teaching plus fifteen years of experience, have given her the tools to encourage her students to speak Spanish. She is currently perusing her Master’s degree in Spanish from the University of San Jorge, Spain. Mrs. De Armas is a fingerprinted and certified Spanish teacher.