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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 hopes to learn 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.

JOSE BARRIGA

Spanish Teacher

Jose has been teaching Spanish seasonally since 2001. He is Peruvian American, fully bilingual and bicultural, works with all levels. He’s a Social Psychologist by training (BA, URP - Lima) with grad studies in communications, media making and regulatory affairs /marketing for biotech (UCLA & Northeastern). He is a communications consultant that helps non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers to access what is called the Latino / Hispanic market. Jose is a serial social entrepreneur with multiple projects on record: the Boston Latino Film Festival, the Boston Food Film Festival, Viceversa Communications and the Cambridge Food Lab. He is also a trained chef interested in developing profitable cost efficient food production systems.

MARY BETH SPANG

English Teacher

A native English speaker originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Mary Beth fell in love with language through reading, writing, and beginning Spanish classes in high school. As a result, she pursued undergraduate degrees in Linguistics, Spanish, and English at Penn State University where she continued to improve her Spanish, learned about language from a scientific perspective, and strengthened her creative writing skills. Mary Beth will be sharing her passion for language as an English teacher at Rola, while also pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

VINICIUS CAMARGO PENTEADO

Portuguese Teacher

Vinícius is a Brazilian living in Boston 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!

PRAISE OWOYEMI

English Teacher

Born in Nigeria and raised in Texas, Praise moved to Boston in 2018. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Psychology and Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian studies. During her four years there, she gained experience tutoring and teaching across different age groups, from elementary school students to high school seniors. Outside of this, she enjoys reading, watching horror films, and trying new foods.

CLAUDIA CANU

ANA LAURA IBAVE

Spanish & English Teacher

Ana Ibave began working as a Spanish professor at The University of Rhode Island in 2010, while working towards her Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics. This teaching position sparked in her a strong passion for bilingual education. Ana studied abroad for a semester in the University of Salamanca in Spain, where she learned more about the pedagogical and linguistic aspects of language acquisition.
After 4 years of working at the University of Rhode Island, Ana went back to Mexico to work as an English Professor for a private college called North Regional University.
For her, meaningful teaching involves assimilating individuals into the mainstream of a global society with language skills that will enhance their employment opportunities and social status.

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.

JAMES CLAY

English and Spanish Teacher

Erin is a student at Simmons University in Boston majoring in Spanish and social work. She is from Arlington, MA. She has traveled to Spain and worked with a variety of age groups in English and Spanish language-learning settings in and around Boston. In her free time, she likes to cook and go out to eat, ride her bike, and spend time with friends and family!

ERIN O'BRIEN

JAMES CLAY

English, French & Spanish Teacher

James is born and raised in Augusta,Georgia. During freshman year of high school, he found his passion for languages when he took his first Spanish class.  Afterwards, he began learning French while continuing with Spanish. He is currently a student at Harvard University concentrating in linguistics. Furthermore, he is studying Japanese to expand his appreciation for global cultures. Outside of the classroom, he loves to travel the world, teach, and help others with their language-learning journey!

JAMES CLAY

JAMES CLAY

French and Italian Teacher

Barry Bridgelal was born (and lived until the age of 8) on the island of Trinidad. His family's move to cosmopolitan Boston and his multicultural background fostered his proclivity for foreign languages such that he has studied more than ten. After undergraduate and post graduate studies at Tufts University and King's College, Barry began his teaching career. He has been working for twelve years as an instructor of French and Italian at all levels at different institutes and local universities. In the classroom, the great Federico Fellini's quotation, "A different language is a different vision of life," is the message he strives to carry across to his students. Teaching aside, he quite likes traveling to big cities, Indian cuisine, contemporary French novels, tennis, and wine (especially rosé)!

BARRY BRIDGELAL

JAMES CLAY

Portuguese Teacher

As a Brazilian, born and raised near São Paulo, she's a native Portuguese speaker.  Now, she and her partner are newcomers to Boston after living in Australia for 4 years.

Graduating with a degree in biological sciences, Paula is a biology teacher but also teaches English and Portuguese as a second language.

Outside of teaching, she's passionate about cinema, animals and traveling!

PAULA RAMOS MARIÃO

JAMES CLAY

Spanish Teacher

Born and raised in her beloved Buenos Aires, Argentina, after living in Boston and teaching at RoLa for a year and a half, Camila is still contributing to our community after returning home by teaching online and developing RoLa's Spanish curriculum. Outside of her career at RoLa, she's a fashion designer, creating party and wedding dresses made to measure and ready to wear. She loves to travel, reading, movies and all kind of art.

CAMILA SAUBIDET

JAMES CLAY

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.  

MARIA LUIZA DA SILVA MCDONOUGH

JAMES CLAY

Assistant Marketing Manager

Born and bought up in Mumbai, India, Gaurav came to Boston in 2017 to pursue his Masters in International Business and Marketing. He recently graduated in March 2019 and has been working with RoLa Languages as assistant marketing manager since 2018. He is a big time foodie and loves to explore new places in Boston. He loves to cook, play soccer, cricket and hang out at bars. 

GAURAV JAIN

 

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!

ISABELLE PALLANCA

JAMES CLAY

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.

KAREN NOVA GALINDO

(617) 297-7789

1798 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, USA 02140

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