Instructors

Founder and Native Instructor.

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Hola! My name is Maria Krawczyk. Founder of MI Spanish Connections. I am a native speaker from Mexico City.  I Moved to the United States in 1989. My journey to learn English was not perfect but it sure helped me to become independent, able to understand what was going on around me and be able to connect and feel productive in both languages. I worked as an interpreter for the Hispanic Center of West Michigan for 10 years and loved interpreting in the medical and social field. When my children begin to go to school I realized It was my responsibility to pass on my sons my native language and since then I have been teaching for almost 13 years. And because it was not easy.  I would like to share ways, tips and tools.

We hope you find this page a helpful tool to learn Spanish. Our goal is to provide a fun professional service with culture immersion opportunities to help you and or your  family members or your work with support in your Spanish language learning journey. And here we are providing a variety of Spanish Classes.

My hope also is to be able to travel and learn about the culture, and cooking diversity in the Spanish Speaking Countries. And bring it to share with our students.

 

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Leah Houghton

English and Spanish Instructor

My journey in language learning started as a child, when I would hear relatives speaking Spanish, and wanted to join in the conversation! I studied Spanish in middle school and high school, then it was my major in at Saginaw Valley State University, where I ended up with a K-12 teaching degree. I then taught Spanish at Birmingham Groves High School for four years. After leaving Groves, I was a Bilingual Area Manager at Futura Language Professionals; an after school Spanish program for elementary students. While I was teaching high school, I spent several weeks during summer break doing mission work in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. These were incredible experiences that not only fortified my language skills, but also broadened my perspective on the world and strengthened my love for the Spanish language and the people who speak it. Over the years I have also had the opportunity to travel to Spain, Mexico, and Costa Rica. My goal is to visit all 21 Spanish-speaking countries someday! After spending several years as a stay-at-home mom, I am looking forward to the opportunity to start teaching Spanish again. I loved learning the language, and really enjoy teaching it to others.

English and Spanish Instructor

Hola! My name is Olivia Hernandez, and I am a tutor in English and Spanish. I grew up here in Michigan, and English is my native language. My Mexican-American, Spanish-speaking family inspired me to begin my journey learning Spanish in school, and I fell in love! I completed Spanish 1-AP in high school and continued studying in college. At the University of Toledo, I knew I wanted to dive deeper into languages and work with students of all ages. During college, I worked as a Spanish tutor for the University, and also ran a conversation course for international students studying English. In the summer of 2015, I studied in Spain, and in 2016 graduated with a dual-degree in K-12 Spanish Education and Spanish. Since graduation, I have been a high school Spanish teacher for 3.5 years, and am taking this year off to stay home with my first baby. However, I am not taking any time off from my passion to teach languages and work with others! I believe personalization and communicative teaching is key to acquiring a second language, and I can’t wait to work with you!