Our Staff

Susy Dorn

Susy is the creator & founder of Let’s Play in Spanish. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education from the Universidad Católica del Perú. She has 20 years of experience working with children and loving every moment of it. Susy has been singing before talking and dancing before walking. She comes from a long line of musicians and performers. She has a tremendous passion for composing and creating music, as well as, performing for children. To date she has created 7 CD’s with another on the way. She is a puppeteer and has created many characters like Juan el Tucán, la Gallina Catalina, Dante el Elefante, Ratón Ramón and many more.

Susy loves to spend time with her family. In her free time you will find her at the beach in Santa Cruz. She continues to  create music and dedicates time to helping street children in Peru.

 

Wendy Tawaratsumida

Wendy is one of our Program Directors alongside with Susy, who have partnered up to continue offering a unique Spanish Immersion Preschool Program.

She has a BA in Early Childhood Education from the Universidad Católica del Peru. She has a Bilingual Multiple Subject teaching credential (BCLAD) and a Director’s Permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

Wendy has been teaching for over 24 years. She has worked in several settings: preschool and Kindergarten teacher in Peru, English teacher for young children in Japan, Kindergarten teacher in Redwood City and had a Spanish Immersion Learning Center in San Francisco for 6 years.

She enjoys camping with friends and traveling with her daughter and husband. She likes yoga, swimming, and Zumba.

San Jose Staff 

Director Erika

Erika is our outstanding Director at the San Jose preschool site. She was born to native Spanish speaking parents from Mexico and grew up speaking Spanish as her first language. Erika has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. She has obtained her Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing and has a BA in Psychology from UC Riverside. Moreover, she attained her master’s degree in education from San Jose State University.

Erika does an amazing job working with parents and collaborating with and helping teachers. She learns something new every day while working with the children and she feels fortunate to be part of an important developmental stage in their lives.

Erika loves to read, draw and create beautiful art in her spare time.

Maestra Margarita

Maestra Margarita is a native Spanish speaker from Lima, Peru. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Universidad San Martin de Porres del Peru and a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the Universidad Catolica del Peru. She has over 20 years of experience as a preschool teacher in Peru and in the United States. Maestra Margarita worked in the states of New York and New Jersey as a Speech Language Pathologist prior to joining the Let’s Play in Spanish team.

She is a proud mom of a 12-year-old girl. In her spare time, Margarita loves to ride bikes with her family, as well as walking and cooking healthy food. She also participates in art performances at her daughter’s school.

Maestra Candy

Maesta Candy is a native Spanish speaker from Michoacan, Mexico. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Universidad Padegogica Nacional (UPN). She has 6 years of experience working with children and she has been part of the Let’s Play in Spanish team since 2017.

She is mother of one son, and in her free time she loves to spend time with her family. When not in the Preschool you will find her camping, or going to Tahoe to the snow.

 

 

Maestra Dulce

Maestra Dulce is one of our assistant teachers in our Dante Elefante class. She was born to native Spanish speakers and grew up speaking Spanish. She is native to the San Jose Area, and is currently a student at San Jose City College. She has been with us since 2017 teaching with the LPIS team and loves spending time with all the children.

In her free time she loves to travel. Her latest trip was to Cuba, and she is planning her next adventure.

 

 

South San Francisco Staff

Director/Maestra Judith

Judith is our South San Francisco Director and lead teacher. She is an amazing leader and role model. She was born to native Spanish speaking parents from Mexico and was raised with Spanish as her first language. She has 10 years of teaching experience and has worked with preschool age and school age children. Maestra Judith has a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, she has her teaching permit and her Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. She has a son in elementary school and he is completely bilingual and excelling in school. Maestra Judith likes to attend sport games, dance, and do arts and crafts.

Maestra Chuy

Maestra Chuy is a loving and caring teacher. She is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico. She has over 8 years of experience working with preschool age children and tutoring elementary school age children. Currently, she is enrolled at San Francisco City College, where she is enrolled in Early Childhood Education classes and continues to increase her knowledge in her current field as a teacher. She raised her three children and grandson bilingual by teaching them Spanish. Maestra Chuy likes to read, knit and take walks around Lake Merced. She enjoys playing with her grandson and traveling to Mexico.

Maestra Verónica

Maestra Verónica is a very enthusiastic teacher who loves working with children, showing them kindness and respect. She is a native Spanish speaker from Ecuador. She taught in preschools in Ecuador for over 25 years and continues her career teaching in California. She has her Early Childhood Education and Childhood Psychology bachelor degrees from Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabí (Ecuador). She came to the United States in 2010 and attended City College of San Francisco, where she took Early Childhood Education classes and obtained her certificate. Maestra Veronica is a mother of two wonderful children. She enjoys having quality time with her children, cooking and eating together at home.

Maestra Teresa

Maestra Teresa plays the piano and the guitar, and is our music expert. She is a native Spanish speaker from Lima, Peru. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Instituto Pedagogico Nacional Monterrico and a postgraduate study from the Universidad Catolica del Peru. She also studied Music Theory and piano at the Instituto Musical Bach. She has her teaching permit and her Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. Maestra Teresa has over 40 years of experience teaching in Peru and in the United States.
She loves playing the guitar and enjoys her Zumba classes.

 

Maestra Lourdes

Maestra Lourdes is very enthusiastic and enjoys working with children. She is a native Spanish speaker from Arequipa, Peru. She has 4 years of experience working with preschool age children. Currently, she is enrolled at San Francisco City College, where she has taken classes and will continue her studies in Early Childhood Education.
She loves spending time with her grandchild and one of her favorite hobbies is knitting.

 

 

Covina  Staff

Director Claudia

Claudia is our Director in our newest location in Covina, CA and she has been an educator for over 20 years. She is also the proud mother of an only son. She loves to help and support parents, guardians, nannies and early childhood professionals in the community in this exciting adventure of raising a healthy child. She has a BA in Education with major in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree from Duke University.

With more than twenty years of progressive management experience working with children, families and early childhood professionals. She firmly believes that a loving environment promotes healthy development.

Maestra Xiomara

Maestra Xiomara was born in a small town in El Salvador. From a very young age she has been impressed and curious by the way children think, respond and learn new things, which helped her in this journey of becoming an educator. With her family’s support and the strength she inherited from her mother, she graduated as a Preschool and Kindergarten teacher in El Salvador. She is committed to being the best educator she could be.

She has been working as a teacher for more than 5 years now and she takes this experience and the years to come with open arms. We are happy to have Maestra Xiomara as part of our Covina Team.

Maestra Mercedes

Maestra Mercedes is a native Spanish speaker from Cuba, where she studied and obtained her degree in Education.

She has been teaching children of different ages for over 16 years and for the past 6 years she has focused on working with children 3 to 5 years old.

She is very proud of being a teacher and she enjoys seeing the positive results of her hard work when she reconnects with her former students. She loves being able to interact with children, teach them and most of all she loves to see them grow and develop.