“Team of passionate educators”
Staff who believe in what they do are by far the best educators. This is why we view our staff as our key investors in our Spark project, meaning we make a big effort to guide and nurture them to provide the best quality of education and support to our students possible. Choosing Spark is a guarantee that you will encounter staff who not only care about what they do but also genuinely care about YOU.
Inge is the Educational Mastermind behind what happens at Spark, the one who keep things ticking. She is the Educational Director of our all our School Tours and advises and supports tour organizers through the tour process. She is originally Dutch but completely fluent in English and Spanish. Her great passion is passing on to school students her own love for learning languages. Inge is one of the three founders of Spark. She not only has a passion for languages and education but also is an avid blogger being the author of 100stepmission blog on self development. Read more about Inge on linked in.
Our Sales and Promotions Genius: Veronica Ficon
Veronica is the charm and charisma of Spark, our client attention specialist who guides our clients towards the best product for them. After Inge she is main contact point for schools during the organization stage and is principle coordinator with our great partner companies . She is Canadian with Polish routes so is fluent in both English and Polish and is avid linguistic knowing also French and Spanish. She also teaches classes in our Language Academy. Her great passion is seeing clients happy throughout their journey with us from prospective client to enthusiastic returnee.
Our Group Chaperone, Supplier Coordinator and Spanish Teacher: Mario Báez Torres
Mario is the fonzie of Spark, the coolest of us. He our wizz with the school groups, attending each group with minute detail and passion. He also a fully qualified Spanish teacher and does many of classes for the school groups. He also coordinates with local companies we work with and does bookings for trip excursions. Mario is a local, well almost, as he’s from San Fernando right next door. His great passion is inspiring in children a passion for everything Spanish. He sees it as his duty to pass on his great passion for his own language to others.
Our Spanish Teacher, Client Attention Resp and Group Chaperone: José Ruiz Herrera
José is first face most people see when they come to Spark being the overall resp of reception and day to day client attention of Spanish and English Academies. He is also a fully qualified Spanish teacher and does many of classes for the school groups as well as teaching in our adult academy. Like Mario he is charaamatic presence with our school groups, being our second chaperone whenever needed and also being responsible for many of the inspection visits. He also coordinates with local families during our familiy stay programmes. José is a local from a well know Portuense (person from El Puerto) family. His great passion is getting children and adults to love his local area as much as he does and he hence loves running our group tours of the area.
Our man behind the scenes: Douglas Haines
Douglas is the General Manager at Spark. His role is to keep the admin and logistics ticking behind the scenes as well as doubling up as the in-house IT specialist. He also assists Inge with running of the different programmes and plays a big role in the professional development of the Spark team. Douglas is Scottish but lived in Spain for long time. He is fluent in Spanish. His great passion is people development and team building, something that started from his role in running children summer camps. Read about Douglas on linkedin.
Our “Limpiasora”: Iris Arauz
Iris is the Spark cleaner of the communal areas of the residence and the classes. However cleaning is not only her only role as she is also a profesora, loving to interact with the students and learn about their life and help them to practice their Spanish. She also runs our cooking classes with the groups. For students, she is “la Mama de todos” because she looks out for everyone, something you will sense for sure. She is originally from Panama, but she has lived in El Puerto for quite a few years now! Her great passion is the most important of any as it is making people smile.
Profesora de Español: Gema Rodriguez
Gema has been teaching with us since the beginning of Spark. She teaches Adult Group Classes and individual classes and also often our school groups as well. Gema is from El Puerto de Santa Maria and her Great Passion is inspiring her students not only in their love of Spanish but in their appreciation of Spanish culture.
Profesora de Español: Mari José
Mari José has also been with us in Spark since the very beginning and like Gema teaches a range of Spanish classes. She is also from the local area and like Gema has a huge passion for passing on her knowledge of Spanish and passion for Spanish culture. Her great passion is validating student’s belief that can speak Spanish.
Other Teaching and Admin Staff
We have other teaching staff in Spark both of Spanish and English. All of our teachers are fully qualified in teaching Spanish (or English) and all have experience teaching as a foreign language. We especially select our teachers not only on their qualifications and experience, but even more so for their desire to run dynamic and innovative classes that inspire our learners to achieve and follow up on their own learning both inside and outside the classroom.
We also have placement staff who help on client attention and with general admin tasks. They aslo look after students who stay in our residence and encourage them to speak as much Spanish as possible.