We understand that effective foreign language learning requires quality interaction among children, parents and teachers. Therefore, our teachers are typically native speakers in their respective languages, and also share a passion for and a dedication to working with children. Their practical lessons actively encourage the continuation of learning outside of the classroom, with easy-to-use materials available for those parents wanting to reinforce learning at home. In addition, they happily share cultural traditions with the children, opening their eyes to new worlds.
Our teachers are trained in and follow EarlyBirdsSM Learning's teaching methodology, which embraces the way young children learn, tapping into their natural creativity, expressiveness and curiosity through play-based teaching methods. It is designed to stimulate the imagination, inspire self-confidence, encourage communication and enhance problem-solving skills, all within nurturing, non-competitive surroundings. In addition, we work with organizations such as High\Scope (www.highscope.org) to make sure our teachers are aware of the latest thinking in areas such as Adult-Child interaction, Conflict Resolution, Child Assessment and Active Learning.
Born in Bologna, Italy, Agata moved to Michigan three years ago with her husband. Inspired by her 2-yr old daughter Francesca, who is on her way to being bilingual, she joined EarlyBirds in the Fall of 2006 to help other children acquire language early. In addition to working at EarlyBirds, she also tutors adults in Italian locally. In Italy, Agata earned a degree in Accountancy and also spent three years as student in a Law School at the University of Bologna. Her hobbies include traveling, reading and cooking.
Alonso became part of the EarlyBirds team in the Summer of 2005. Originally from Lima, Peru, he moved to the United States in 2004 to join one of his six brothers that lives here in Michigan. Alonso's passion is Theater, working with children's theater in Peru and majoring in theater at Oakland Community College. Alonso also loves soccer and speaks a little French on top of his Spanish and English.
Bere joined the EarlyBirds team in 2004. Her inspiration for teaching and working with children comes from her mother, an elementary school teacher in Mexico. Born and raised in Mexico City, she graduated from the University of Tepeyac in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. After working several years for a multi-national company, Bere left Mexico in 2002 to move to Michigan. Before joining EarlyBirds, Bere returned to her roots by tutoring and providing care to children in Detroit 's local communities.
Born in San Diego, California, Blanca is married with 3 children. Her first language is Spanish as her parents immigrated from Sinaloa, Mexico. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Spanish. While working in the movie industry for 12 years, she entertained celebrities at world premieres, special events and grand movie openings. Teaching Spanish in her home kindled a passion to share it with others. Blanca loves movies, music, celebrity gossip and all things Hawaiian. Her favorite hobbies are spending time with her family and shopping.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Colline moved to L.A. to attend college at Cal State University, Northridge, where she graduated with a B.S. in Information Systems. She has worked as an accountant, administrator and computer technician, leveraging her Mandarin to conduct business with overseas companies. In addition to her native Mandarin and Taiwanese, she is fluent in English and learning Japanese. While tutoring Mandarin at Glendale College, her passion for sharing her language inspired her to pursue a teaching degree. She enjoys baking desserts and making paper craft.
Dayana is from Barranquilla, Colombia. She joined Earlybirds in 2004, and prior to that she taught English as a Second Language and American Social Studies to children from 2nd through 5th grade at a bilingual school in Colombia. Dayana has a Communications and Public Affairs degree from the University of Medellin and is planning to earn her teaching certificate and become a High School Spanish teacher in Detroit. She also tutors adults in Spanish locally. Dayana learned to speak English at age 3, which has emphasized to her the importance of acquiring a second language early.
Gimena was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She taught English to Kindergarten and Elementary school children, and also tutored adults there. Gimena received a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Juaquin V. Gonzalez College, and is currently attaining a teaching certificate. In addition to working at EarlyBirds, she tutors Hispanic children in English and is learning sign language. Gimena's passion for working with children and her understanding of the importance of being bilingual brought her to the EarlyBirds team in the Spring of 2005.
Janet was born and raised in Peru, moving to the United States shortly after the birth of her daughter. She graduated with a degree in Engineering from Lima University. After graduation, she taught English as a Second Language to children at the ICPNA Institute. Janet's passion has been always studying and teaching Foreign Language. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has taught private Spanish classes to adults and children, and is currently pursuing a degree at El Camino College. Janet's dedication to exposing her own daughter to foreign language made EarlyBirds a natural fit.
Joelle is from the Bordeaux region of France. She graduated with a Masters in Mandarin Chinese from the University of La Rochelle. Her studies and training in Tourism took her to Germany, China, and Australia. She moved to L.A. in 2003 and has enjoyed baby-sitting bilingual children. Being proficient in German, Spanish, and Mandarin, she has the "language bug" and is now taking Japanese at Santa Monica College. Her strong interest in child development and passion for languages brought her naturally to EarlyBirds. She enjoys practicing yoga, watching foreign films and rollerblading with friends.
Laura joined the EarlyBirds team in the summer of 2006. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, she is fluent in both Spanish and German. Laura practiced law for 5 years in Germany before moving to the United States with her husband and 2 1/2 yr old daughter (who speaks 3 languages!). While in Germany, she also started a language program teaching Spanish to children ages 2 to 15. Laura and her family plan on being here for 3-5 yrs, before returning back to Germany. In the meantime, she is excited to travel throughout the US and is also picking up a new motorcycle-riding hobby.
Leslie is from Taiwan, moving to the United States over 20 years ago. A native Mandarin and Taiwanese speaker, she joined EarlyBirds in the summer of 2006 to help launch the Mandarin program. The proud mother of two children, one in college and the other in graduate school, Leslie loves working with children. She has spent the last seven years working as a Montesorri teacher in several schools in the Detroit area. And for dog lovers, she has an 11-yr old miniature Schnauzer, who she lovingly refers to as her third child.
Liesel joined EarlyBirds in the summer of 2006. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she moved to the United States 14 years ago. Liesel has spent lots of time with children, having four of her own, including a daughter who is a state champion gymnast and three very active boys. She stays involved in her children's schools on a volunteer basis and has also volunteered helping families relocate to the US. Liesel joined the EarlyBirds team because she loves children and is thrilled at the opportunity to teach her native language. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and exercising.
Maria was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Her parents realized the importance of being bilingual, exposing her to English at age 2. After finishing her schooling in Peru, Maria moved to the United States in 2001. Since arriving, she has focused on working with and providing care to children, serving as an Au Pair all over the U.S., working in a daycare center in Pacific Palisades, and tutoring children in Spanish. Maria is delighted to join the EarlyBirds team because of the opportunity to share her love and knowledge of Spanish with children and the fact she will be following in the footsteps of her mother, a bilingual kindergarten teacher. Maria is fluent in Spanish and English and has a basic knowledge of Italian. Outside of work, Maria loves dancing, is a voracious reader and is an Anime fangirl.
Marina was born in Rome and grew up in Northern Italy in Torino, the site of the 2006 Winter Olympics. She taught elementary school for six years in Italy, before working as a mediator for the Italian Ministry of Juvenile Justice. Marina now lives in Beverly Hills, MI with her husband and her little daughter Francesca. She loves spending time with her family and her friends, cooking her grandmother's special recipes for them. Marina also likes traveling, in particular to destinations where it is possible to climb, trek or swim.
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Martha moved to the US in 1979 when her father came to work for the United Nations. She has a twin sister and an older brother and has been married for 10 years. She is passionate about children (in particular her 2 beautiful young girls) and loves to spend time volunteering in their schools. In addition to being fluent in English and Spanish, Martha speaks some French. When not spending time with family, Martha loves to snowboard, camp and work out. She is excited about joining Earlybirds to pass her native tongue on to a new generation.
Although born in Orange, CA, Martin's first language is Spanish. His family is from El Salvador and he spoke only Spanish until the age of five. During High School Martin discovered a passion for languages. He has studied French for many years and is now studying Japanese. Martin joined the EarlyBirds team to help children build the same love of language that he shares. In addition to teaching, Martin is an amateur musician, playing the viola and violin. He also loves Japanese animation and comic books and he is studying the Japanese martial art Naginata.
Marysol was born and raised in Los Angeles after her parents emigrated from Mexico so she was bilingual in Spanish and English from a young age. She further pursued her love for diverse languages and cultures by learning Japanese and French. She worked for years as a Sunday School teacher and recently as a reading tutor for children. This experience, combined with helping raise her two sisters of 4 and 9, awakened her passion for children. She is a Psychology major at El Camino College. Marysol enjoys all types of music genres, singing, poetry, and anything pink.
Ola joined EarlyBirds in 2004. She was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, moving to the United States at age 14. She graduated from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a Bachelor's degree in Education and has student-taught in West Bloomfield. Ola majored in Language Arts, studying Arabic and Sign Language while in college. She has a Michigan Teaching Certificate and has worked for the Loving Arms Nursery in Birmingham.
Petra is from Berlin, Germany, having moved to the United States in 2005. Before joining EarlyBirds, she worked as an Intern in the German Department at CSU Long Beach, in childcare at a Holiday Club in Ibiza, Spain, and in a backpacker hostel in Australia. Petra's passion for language — she studied German as a Foreign Language at Berlin Technical University — and her love of children inspired her to join the EarlyBirds team. Petra is married and enjoys reading, traveling, and the beautiful California landscape.
Roza joined EarlyBirds in 2005. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Amman, Jordan at age 2. Roza came to the United States nine years later and is fluent in both Arabic and English, and is currently trying to master Spanish and German. She has been a student helper for the incoming foreign students speaking little English and she also tutors young children in both English and Arabic at Beverly Elementary School. Roza is attending the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is also an active babysitter and her love for children motivates her to help them as much as possible with school and learning a new language.
Severine grew up in Normandie, approximately one hour from Paris. She first moved to the United States in 1997, working for a year as an au pair in Hawaii. Most recently, she moved to Michigan in 2001, living happily with her husband and two sons. Severine tutored French to students of all ages while obtaining a degree in accounting from Macomb Community College. She enjoys traveling, horseback riding, and volleyball, goes back to France about twice a year to visit her family and friends.
Stephanie joined EarlyBirds in January 2005. She is a wife and mother, and she has been studying French for the past 18 years and teaching it for the past 11. She has a B.A. in French from the University of Michigan, a M.A. in French from Wayne State University, and taught high school French for eight years at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills. In addition to her classroom experience, Stephanie has studied and traveled extensively throughout France, including a six-month stay as an au pair for three children in Nantes, and a summer program in La Rochelle specifically designed for teachers of French as a Foreign Language. She has also planned trips and accompanied student groups to France and Quebec. Her desire to teach her own daughter French naturally led her to join the EarlyBirds team.
Tracy is from Ji Lin Province in the north east part of China and moved to the US in 2000. She has a B.S. degree in Marketing and used her dual fluency in Mandarin and English as a liaison for an internet company doing business in China. She has been a private English tutor and has tutored her own children — her son was fluent in Mandarin at 4 and she is now working with her 17 month old daughter. This experience kindled a passion to share her native language with others. Tracy enjoys volunteering in her son's class, traveling, writing, Chinese pop music, culture and cooking.
Veronica was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She comes from a big family and was constantly surrounded by children of all ages. Before moving to the United States in 2004, Veronica earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, and she also tutored children in English and Spanish there. Veronica learned English at a very early age, which emphasized the importance of language to her. She joined Earlybirds in the summer of 2006 because she feels all children should have this opportunity. Veronica is married and enjoys soccer, volleyball, listening to music, and dancing.