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About us

Our Mission is to provide children with the opportunity to develop proficiency and literacy in the Spanish language through dynamic, fun and engaging classes. We believe that the need for children to communicate in different languages, particularly Spanish, will be even greater in the years to come. Along with the language acquisition, children will be able to explore Spanish and Latin-American heritage, which will create opportunities for them at both personal and professional levels.

Founders

Smart Linguists was founded by Paula Otero and Rocio Zapatero in 2011. While raising their trilingual children, they identified the need for a first-class Spanish language program targeting the Spanish and non-Spanish speaking community in Westchester. This opportunity, along with their desire for their own kids to become literate in Spanish, gave birth to Smart Linguists.

Director

Paula Otero is the Director of Smart Linguists. Paula was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has a strong background in marketing. She has worked for a prestigious Branding and Event-Marketing Agency in Buenos Aires as well as a Multinational Company in Product Management and International Marketing in the US. Her experience also includes creating a training company within a large corporation located in New York.

Paula has a degree in Public Relations from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, in Argentina, and a Master in Business Administration from Emory University, in Atlanta. She is married with two children and has been living in the US for 14 years.

Faculty

Our teachers are native speakers and have strong backgrounds in teaching SFL (Spanish as First Language) and SSL (Spanish as a Second Language). They have all been carefully screened and selected for their strong credentials and extensive training in teaching Spanish to children. While energetic, enthusiastic and strongly passionate about teaching and sharing their culture, they provide the kids with a nurturing environment where independent learning is encouraged.