OUR STAFF

Meet Our Passionate Educators

ALINA MIRANDA

Preschool Program Director and Lead Teacher

Loved by students and staff alike, Alina Miranda brings knowledge, enthusiasm, and joy to Intiwasi.
Alina Miranda is originally from Cuzco, Perú. She graduated with a BA. in Arts with a concentration in Primary Education from University San Antonio Abad in Cuzco. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Alina taught several grades all across Peru. In 2014, she moved to LA, certified her teaching for the state of California, and began working at a local preschool as a lead teacher. Alina’s passion for education has taken her to take several courses in education to keep herself updated with innovative teaching techniques.

When Alina is not teaching or studying she enjoys singing, dancing Peruvian folk dances, and spending time with her family.

CARLA SORIA

Elementary School Director and Lead Teacher

Carla Soria has been in the field of education for over 15 years in both Europe and the US. Born in the city of Zaragoza, Spain, she graduated with honors as a Hearing and Language Teacher Specialist. She moved to Barcelona and Madrid where she started teaching Spanish and completed her education. She graduated with honors as a Speech and Language Pathologist at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. She worked as a SLP in different schools, hospitals, and clinics while completing a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

In 2014, she moved to California where she has continued to develop her career leading Spanish immersion programs in several international schools. Carla loves teaching and believes that emotion is the essential element to the learning process, believing we can only learn that which we love. Carla loves film, music and travelling to new places with her husband and her lovely sons, Matty and Dylan.

KARINA TORRES

Executive Director

Karina was born in San Bernardino, California from Peruvian parents. As a toddler, she moved to Lima, Peru. She attended an English immersion school, becoming familiar with bilingual education and what it takes to be fully bilingual.

Karina earned her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Anthropological Archeology and Latin American Studies. She holds a master's degree in Applied Linguistics specializing in second language instruction. She also received certification in Advance Core Early Childhood Education.

Karina has spent two decades teaching English and Spanish to children and adults throughout South America and North America. She has worked as an ESL instructor at the University of California, Bakersfield, has taught language in home school, after-school enrichment programs, and tutoring, and has co-founded Spanish immersion programs and summer camps for children in the Los Angeles region.

In 2015, she established Yachaywasi, a local Spanish immersion preschool and OLA, which teaches Spanish to children and adults.

Karina trains teachers to develop a very hands-on approach to language instruction. She creates a flow in each lesson with activities that meet both the developmental stage of the group and establishes goals where each child is enticed to explore, discover, and build confidence.

KARLA MARROQUIN

Administrative Assistant

Karla Is originally from El Salvador. She moved to Los Angeles when she was 12 years old and has lived in this wonderful city ever since. Since 19 years old Karla has been working with children teaching Spanish in after-school enrichment classes, tutoring and summer camps.
In 2019, Karla graduated from El Camino College with an AA in Psychology. She is now working toward a BA in Education, Specializing in Spanish Language instruction. Karla is passionate about learning and always has a great attitude toward new challenges, we are happy to have her in our team.

ANA BARZOLA

Teacher Assistant 

“Anita” – as the children call her, is originally from Peru. As the daughter of a teacher, she grew up helping in her mom's classroom at Maria Reiche Neuman school in Lima, Peru. For her it was almost intuitive after graduating high school to study and get a Certificate as a Teacher Assistant. In 2017 Anita moved to Los Angeles where she currently attends college in the evenings and she dreams to become a pediatric nurse. 

MICAELA PUGA

Teacher Assistant

Micaela has a charismatic personality and a great energy with children. Since an early age she knew she wanted to work with children so she enrolled in the education track in High School. During her last 2 years of high school Micaela volunteered at an Kindergarten class in Bakersfield 4 hours per week acting as a teaching assistant and helping out children who were falling behind in school.
She graduated high school with in 2010 with Teaching Assistant Permit and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 where she started working immediately as a TA a local preschool. She is currently working on her Lead teacher permit.  

NADIA CALMET

Dance Teacher

Nadia Calmet is a professional Peruvian Folk Dance Artist, specializing in Afro Peruvian Dances. She holds a degree in Tourism and Hospitality and has received graduate level training in Public Policies for Vulnerable Populations, as well as in Arts Therapy, and Intercultural Education.
She is the founder and director of the
Afroperuvian Cultural Action Center "CEACA Peru" and participated in the Peruvian delegationwith the production "PERU: Pachamama" organized by the Smithsonian Folk life Festival in Washington DC. Nadia also toured around the world as a choreographer and soloist representing Peru in over twenty countries. 


Dance Teacher

ANALIA PREZEBIEDA

P.E Teacher

Analía studied and obtained her teaching degree in physical education and recreation at the Comahue University in Bariloche-Patagonia, Argentina. While studying she worked as the children’s activities coordinator in a local prestigious 5-star hotel/resort Llao Llao. There she created the Kids Club and all its recreational activities for the children who were staying at the hotel. She developed a Spanish language based, interactive play class which emphasizes on learning Spanish through play.
 

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