Meet Our Teachers and Staff!

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Director

Jessica Swartz Amezcua

Originally from Washington, DC, Jessica has lived in seven cities, including two in Mexico. During college, she spent a transformative trimester in Cuautla, making a pact to speak only Spanish, leading to near-native fluency. After five years, she returned to Mexico, working as a lab tech at the University of Mexico for two years. This pivotal college trimester set her on the path to owning a dynamic Spanish program, where she shares her passion for the language and culture through engaging activities. Through her program, participants explore Spanish through singing, reading, and play.

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Associate Director

Kathryn López Resto

Kathryn is proudly a Boricua from Las Piedras, Puerto Rico! Upon her move to Oregon, English was a foreign language to her, with Spanish being her first language. Her affinity for working with children has been a lifelong passion, driven by a heartfelt commitment to supporting kids who, like her, faced language transitions. With a Bachelor of Science in Conflict Resolution, Kathryn is currently immersed in her studies at Portland State University, hoping to pursue a Master's in Child Development to continue making a positive impact on young lives.

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Administrative Manager

Kathi Kister

Kathi has lived in Portland for the last 20 years after making homes in Pennsylvania (twice), Illinois (twice), and Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a business minor from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Educational Counseling from Pennsylvania State University.

Kathi connects with schools and handles all communication with parents regarding class registration.