Laura Lee – Owner of Little Language Ambassadors
Laura Lee’s passion for learning about different cultures and languages started when she studied abroad in high school in Salto, Uruguay. After graduating from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Accounting, Laura took a job as an accounting manager in Guadalajara, Mexico where she lived for 3 years. While there, she was “adopted” by a Mexican family and still visits Guadalajara frequently. After leaving Mexico, she studied Chinese in Beijing, China for six months before returning home to San Diego. Her experiences abroad taught her that being bilingual opens up opportunities, broadens one’s worldview and enhances all life experiences. Laura is a first generation Chinese American, but those closest to her says she is part Mexican too!
Wanting language to be as important in her child’s life as it is for her, Laura enrolled her daughter Sophia in the Bebés program at 2 years old. Sophia was fluent in Spanish by the time she headed to kindergarten. When new leadership was needed, Laura stepped in as the new owner of Little Language Ambassadors, wanting to preserve, grow and continue to share this special learning community with many more families. Laura loves that we are a steppingstone for your future Little Language Ambassadors!
Aileen – Director of Admissions
Aileen has been part of the Little Language Ambassadors team since 2008. She assists families with the admissions and enrollment process. Aileen also taught preschool and elementary school children for more than 7 years. In addition, she is the proud author of 9 children’s books in Spanish which have been used at the school. Aileen was born and raised in Mexico City where she earned her B.A. degree in graphic design before moving to the U.S. She devotes her time to helping our families at Little Language Ambassadors, bringing a spirit of caring and creativity to every task. Aileen is the mother of two fully bilingual teenage daughters, graduates of our Little Language Ambassadors Afterschool program.
Azarely – Assistant Director & Teacher
Maestra Azarely joined the Little Language Ambassadors team in August 2012. Azarely She has been fully bilingual in Spanish and English since a young age. Her degree as a preschool teacher from Mira Costa College in Oceanside is also accompanied by a minor in Entrepreneur Fundamentals. She has extensive experience working with children in San Marcos for more than 4 years, successfully improving student participation, developing course plans, and implementing interactive learning mediums for her students. She enjoys working with preschoolers because she feels very rewarded when seeing them learn new things each day. Azarely loves teaching Spanish because it opens many doors for our children’s futures and gives them the opportunity to discover many different cultures that use the Spanish language. Azarely incorporates sensory play into all of her lessons, so families should expect some messy clothes!
Azarely is the mother of three active boys who are very involved in sports. In her free time, she works as a wedding coordinator and enjoys helping couples be stress free on their wedding day. Azarely is honored to be a part of her students’ early education at Little Language Ambassadors!
Enrique – Head of the Music Department
Maestro Enrique has been with Little Language Ambassadors since its founding. He teaches through the use of music from different parts of the world, puppets and active games. In addition to being a fabulous preschool teacher, Enrique has tutored students in our Afterschool program. Specializing in early childhood development at Mira Costa College, Enrique teaches Spanish for the Encinitas, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad School Districts, and at a language center in Rancho Santa Fe. He is also the academic coordinator for the exchange program at the Monterrey Technological Institute and the University of New Mexico (English Immersion Program for High School Students). He graduated from ITESM with a degree in Business Administration and Quality Control. Enrique is a professional musician who has travelled all over Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States playing his guitar. He was born and raised in Mexico City and has two bilingual daughters that are fully fluent in Spanish and English.
Gabriela – Director & Teacher
Maestra Gabriela joined the Little Language Ambassadors team in March 2013. She is a fluent and proud native Spanish speaker. In addition to her excellent credentials in Early Childhood Education from Palomar College, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a Master Degree of Arts in Spanish from California State University, San Marcos. She has taught Spanish to all ages for more than 10 years, from toddlers to college students. She was a toddler Head Start teacher at North County Serenity House and at KinderCare Poway, where she also designed lesson plans according to ages and goals, assessed developmental needs and created portfolios for each student. Her extensive knowledge of the Hispanic culture and strong organizational skills not only allowed her to teach Spanish to little ones but to adults at Charles Drew University School of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, and at Mt. San Jacinto Community College in Menifee. In addition to teaching at Little Language Ambassadors, Gabriela is a Spanish professor at California State University, San Marcos. She enjoys nature, arts and crafts and is the proud mother of Mateo, who attended Little Language Ambassadors and graduated as a bilingual kindergartener
Jennifer – Teacher
Maestra Jennifer is not only teaching at Little Language Ambassadors, she is also working on attaining a Site Supervisor permit. Together with her twin sister, Jennifer is the youngest in a family of seven. She enjoys going to the beach for walks, watching the sunset and spending quality time with the people she loves. Jennifer is the aunt to seven nieces and nephews who form a big part of her life. She enjoys spending time with them and creating fun, loving memories. From her time with her nieces and nephews, Jennifer realized how much she loves spending time with children. Jennifer believes that children influence the world around them. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of young children’s lives at Little Language Ambassadors.
Laura – Teacher
Maestra Laura joined the Little Language Ambassadors team in 2022. She comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary school education and prior experience working with young children. Laura has continued her education, taking classes in child development, and is hoping to pursue a Masters in Special Education. Originally from Mexicali, Baja California Mexico, Laura moved to California in 2022. She is married to an active-duty Marine who has his Masters, and who inspires her to be better in everything. In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling.
Lisette – Teacher
Maestra Lisette began teaching at Little Language Ambassadors in 2020. She has a BA in Child Development, with a double minor in Psychology and Spanish, and is herself the graduate of a Spanish immersion program. A North County native, Lisette comes to us with prior experience with sensorial activities and crafts designed for preschool aged children. She has a passion for teaching young children. In her spare time, Lisette loves hiking and exploring new places, gardening, photography and dancing. She even participated in a competitive dance team for four years.
Susana – Teacher
Maestra Susana is originally from Tijuana, Baja California, where she taught preschool for 10 years. She has a B.S. in Preschool Education from University “Normal Fronteriza Tijuana.” Since moving to California, Susana has been taking classes in the English language. She is happily married and is the mother to two amazing sons. Susana is so excited to be support the development of the children of Little Language Ambassadors.