OUR TEAM

EDWARD LEE ROCHA

Director

Edward is the founder and Director of RoLa Languages. While living abroad in Argentina and Spain, he fell in love with the idea of the language school, and was determined to build such a community in Boston. After privately tutoring Spanish for many years, Ed decided to formalize his teaching method and began RoLa Languages. Ed is fluent in English and Spanish and a student of French and Portuguese. He has nearly 8 years of language teaching experience, having taught both English and Spanish as a teacher and tutor. He received his Bachelor's from Harvard University and Master's in Management from Boston University.

ERICA ADELSON

Assistant Director

Erica is a Massachusetts native who has loved learning languages since she was a child. She began studying Spanish in middle school and soon added French, eventually becoming a tutor in both languages. She spent two summers in Switzerland improving her French and one summer in Spain. In college, she complemented her language studies with Arabic and found a new focus. After serving as an Arabic tutor on the college staff, she graduated Smith College with a major in Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in Spanish. Erica currently serves as Assistant Director, teaches English, Spanish and French, and is learning Portuguese.

ALMUDENA GARCIA ANON

Spanish Teacher

Almudena is from the north of Spain. She speaks Spanish, English and a bit of German. In 2011 she left Málaga and since then has lived in Sydney (Australia), Munich (Germany) and now in Cambridge, MA. She loves having friends and family around and cooking for them. She swims as much as she can and enjoys reading a nice book.

NEMI ALCANTARA

Spanish Teacher

Nemi is originally from México, where she studied and received her PhD in Biological science. Her native language is Spanish and she really enjoys teaching this beautiful and rich language while also sharing her Mexican culture and her passions in life. Besides the RoLa Method, she likes to use different songs, news and many other resources to make Spanish classes a unique learning experience to all who enter her class.

GINA MARIE FALK

French Teacher

Gina Marie is a Boston-based classical musician from New York. She is a native English speaker and has been a French learner and speaker for 13 years. Having recently received a Master’s in Music in Vocal Performance from The Longy School of Music, she sings in and speaks various world languages, such as Italian and German. She resides in Boston with her boyfriend and small cat, spending her downtime cooking, making art, and getting outdoors. You can find her on Rola’s Instagram page throughout the week, producing live videos of everyday French! 

KAREN NOVA GALINDO

Spanish Teacher

Karen is a Colombian native from Bogota who studied business administration.  Business aside, she has always felt a passion for languages, studying French and Italian herself, and in her teaching, enjoys sharing her culture and incorporating a multimedia approach in her classes to provide the best student experience. She loves to spend time with family, cooking, traveling, and hiking.

VINICIUS CAMARGO PENTEADO

Portuguese Teacher

Vinícius is a Brazilian living in the US since 2017. His native language is Portuguese and he's on his way to making English his secondary language. He has 13 years of experience teaching Biology in High School. He loves his cat, Holden, His wife, Marilene, his job, his family, and Boston!

CLAUDIA CANU

RITA SÁNCHEZ OROZCO

Spanish Teacher

Rita is from Mexico City originally and moved to the US in 2016, spending 3 years in Chicago before coming to the Boston area. She loves to teach Spanish especially because she can share her culture and her native language with her students, and enjoys improving people’s lives with any topic that they want to learn.

ROSARIO RAGUSA

Italian Teacher

Rosario is a native Italian speaker born and raised in Sicily. He moved in the U.S. in 2009 after traveling in Europe during his doctorate. He gained an extensive experience from teaching and tutoring in a multinational-settings across Italy and USA.

He worked as teacher at graduate and undergraduate level in Italy and for several worldwide language schools before starting  working at RoLa. During his teaching experience, he had the opportunity to design and develop curriculum for students of all ages, backgrounds and learning levels.

Rosario loves sport, food, languages and traveling. He is very motivated to share these passions with students and friends.

VANESA GRANDE GOMEZ

Spanish Teacher

Vanesa is Spanish by birth and Bostonian by choice as of 2019.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master's Degree in Pedagogical Aptitude.  Shortly after her arrival in Boston, she started in a volunteer program as a mentor for Boston Partners in Education in Boston public schools (supporting the Hispanic community in their integration and understanding of English).  She has taught Spanish to adults and children, but her real passion is bilingual education from an early age.   

JAMES CLAY

English, French & Spanish Teacher

Erin studied Spanish and social work in college with the intention of furthering communication with and working with immigrant populations. She has traveled to Spain and has worked with a variety of age groups in language-learning and bilingual settings. In her free time, she likes to cook and eat out, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy time outdoors!

ERIN O'BRIEN

RAQUEL GALVAO

Spanish Teacher

Raquel is a native Spanish speaker originally from Venezuela.  With her degree in Hospitality Management and working in hotels, she was able to use her bilingual skills on a regular basis.  The importance of teaching the Spanish language and culture at home to her bilingual daughters inspired her to teach others.  She enjoys teaching the RoLa method, and loves to include music, videos and books by Spanish authors in her classes.

JAMES CLAY

French Teacher

Virginie is originally from Togo, a French speaking country in West Africa. She studied German, French and African literature in her native country where she taught French and served as a radio program presenter. She then decided to pursue studies in Belgium and received a Master’s Degree in Project Development and Management from the Catholic University of Louvain. Moving to Massachusetts in 2010, she first did private French tutoring, then joined Berlitz, and now Rola Languages where she currently serves as a French instructor.

Virginie loves nature. She spends her free time gardening, walking miles and having fun outdoors with family and friends.

VIRGINIE DOH-CANADA

MARIA LUIZA DA SILVA MCDONOUGH

Portuguese Teacher

Maria Luiza is a native speaker of Portuguese from Brazil with a passion for both learning and teaching.  She has a license to teach Portuguese from Paulistana University of Sciences and Letters, located in São Paulo, Brazil and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Language-Latin at University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to working for Rola Languages, her experience as a Portuguese Teacher with São Paulo public schools as well as other Boston language institutes has provided her with a solid foundation to help students from different backgrounds learn Portuguese. She has lived in the US for about 15 years and enjoys swimming and walking in her free time.  

ISABELLA (IZZY) KREMPA

 

English & Spanish Teacher

Izzy is a young professional working full time at Wayfair LLC in their international department. After a Spanish exchange student program in high school, Izzy fell in love with the language and went on to double major in Spanish and Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh. She has lived in Spain and worked as an English and Spanish teacher, translator and interpreter for a variety of age groups. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and playing volleyball! 

ISABELLE PALLANCA

French Teacher

Isabelle comes from a math, science, engineering and architecture background at the masters' level, but has been teaching her native language of French since 2009.  She prides her teaching on a dynamic approach that combines humor, a multitude of explanations, and a never-ending energy!

PATRICIA CARAZO

Spanish Teacher

Patricia was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, and after studying Marketing, moved to Boston, and worked in banking for several years. Her transition into education occurred when she began volunteering at her daughters’ school, fulfilling a lifelong desire to teach. Since 2007, she has been teaching Spanish to children in an aim to educate students about different cultures and to instill in them the importance of acceptance, respect, and recognition of individual differences. 

MEGHAN BARNES

French & Spanish Teacher

Meghan blended her love for travel, music and language when she moved to Massachusetts with her indie rock band after earning a BA in French and  teaching credential in California. She went on to UMass Boston to earn a MA in Applied Linguistics with a focus on ELL.  She has been teaching for twelve years and is passionate about every aspect of language learning!

MOLLY MAGNER

Administrative Manager

Molly is originally from Massachusetts. She discovered her love for travel and cultural immersion after working in customer service for an educational travel company where she explored many countries in Europe including France & Italy. Most recently she lived in Costa Rica for one year to pursue her passion for horses and horse training. She managed a horse barn and led horse tours on the beach. While living in a Spanish speaking country, she was motivated and inspired to practice the language and is eager to continue to improve! Outside of the office, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her two Australian Cattle Dogs (especially in Cape Cod), practicing yoga & meditation, watching documentaries & gardening. 

ISABEL FERNÁNDEZ FRANCO

Spanish Teacher

Isabel is from Salamanca (Spain) where she studied Philosophy in the University of Salamanca, and then a Masters degree in Linguistics applied to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language in the University of Nebrija (Madrid). She has studied English, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese. 

She began snowboarding recently so she is enjoying the Boston winters so far!

OLGA CLANCY MANOSALVA

Spanish Teacher

Olga is from Bucaramanga, Colombia, where she majored in Communications. She decided to travel to Boston as an Au Pair where she was a Spanish tutor, provided child care, and studied English as a second language. She loves reading and writing, so she has taken writing classes to improve her skills, written articles for a magazine, and worked as an interpreter. Olga is a supporter of animal rights and a vegetarian.  

ELIZABETH (BETSY) RODMAN

After School Language Monitor

Betsy Rodman is a monitor in the after school language program for Spanish & French. She currently works from home as a mosaic artist. As a former registered nurse in a multi-cultural primary care clinic in Somerville, MA, she was exposed to many languages working one on one with patients and interpreters. She is a French speaker and loves language in general. She trained and taught Aikido, a Japanese martial art, for over 30 years.

Portuguese Teacher

LÉO SOUZA

French Teacher

Léo is a Boston native and currently a student at Framingham State University studying Modern Languages with a concentration in French and Chinese. He is the French tutor on his campus, as well as having tutored privately for several years.  He has lived in Chambéry, France and Shanghai, China and loved both places because it put him first-hand with the target language. In his free time, you could find Léo skiing in New England, studying Chinese, French, and Turkish, hanging out with his friends, trying new restaurants, and traveling!

ETYELLE PINHEIRO DE ARAUJO

Etyelle is a Brazilian native born in a small city near Rio de Janeiro. She has come to the Boston area as a visiting fellow in Harvard University's Afro-Latin-American Studies program as a History major and PhD Candidate in Language Studies. Her teaching experience stretches across history, philosophy and Portuguese disciplines.

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