Our Staff

Owners & Program Directors

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 of 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 shows for children. Up to this date she has created 7 CD’s and one on the way. She is a puppeteer and has created so many characters like Juan el Tucán, la Gallina Catalina, Dante el Elefante, Ratón Ramón and many more.

She loves to spend time her family. On her free time you will find her at the beach in Santa Cruz. She keeps creating music all the time, and dedicates time to helping street children in Peru.

Wendy Tawaratsumida

Wendy 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 22 years. She has worked in several settings: preschool and Kindergarten teacher in Peru, English teacher for young children in Japan, Kindergarten teacher at the Redwood City School District and was a small business owner opening a Spanish Immersion learning center in San Francisco.

She has a daughter in Elementary School, who is bilingual in Spanish and English and is now learning Mandarin in School. She enjoys yoga and dancing and loves camping and traveling with her family.

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 her BA in Psychology from UC Riverside. Also, she attained her master’s degree in education from San Jose State University.

Erika does an amazing job working with parents, collaborating and helping teachers. Working with the children she learns something new everyday, and 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 native Spanish speaker from Lima, Peru. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres del Peru and a Master’s Degree on Communication Disorders from the Universidad Catolica del Peru. She has over 20 years of experience as a preschool teacher in Lima, Peru and in the United States. Maestra Margarita worked in the states of New York and New Jersey as a Speech Language Pathologist.

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 Padegocica Nacional (UPN). She has 5 years of working with children and this is her second year part of the Let’s Play in Spanish team.

She is mother of one son, and on 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 Paola

Maestra Paola is a native Spanish speaker from Armenia, Colombia. She has dedicated almost all her life to education. She has a B.A. in Education from Colombia Universidad del Tolima. She has fourteen years of experience working with children, and this is her second year working with LPIS.

On her free time she loves to spend time with her family, and 2 cats. She loves to paint, write, and cook.



Maestra Dulce

Maestra Dulce is an Assistant Teacher 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 cureently a student at San Jose City College. This is her second year teaching with the LPIS team, and loves spending time with all the children.

On 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 8 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 has obtained 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 worked with children for 10 years and has over 6 years of experience working with children in the classroom and private tutoring. 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. Also, 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.


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 and she loves to help and support parents, guardians, nannies and early childhood professionals in the community in the 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 youngage  she has been  impressed and curios by the way children think, respond and learn new things, which helped her in this hourney of becominv an educator. With her family’s support and the strength she inherited from her mother, she graduated as a Preschool and Kindergarten teacher and she is committed to be 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 part of our Covina Team.


Maestra Darlene

Maestra Darlene is child development teacher and is getting her Associates Degree from Mt.San Antonio Community College.  She hopes to be an elementary school teacher and an english teacher to adults one day.

As a teacher, she wants her students to practice and explore the common core subjects through fun heart thought-out activities. She has always wanted to work with toddlers and now has the opportunity to work with them. Her desire is to spark an interest in them to continue being curious in learning new things as they become fluent in Spanish.



Maestra Mercedes

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

She has worked for 16 years as a teacher with children of different ages and for the last 6 years with children 3 to 5 years old.

She is very proud to be a teacher andshe enjoys seeing the results of former students. She loves being able to interact and teach children and loves to see them grow and develop.