Meet Your Teachers
Whether you’re a high school student looking for help on your homework, a college student wanting to prepare for studying abroad or an adult learner ready to finally take the time for yourself to learn Spanish, our all-star team of highly skilled and passionate Spanish language teachers are here to ensure you thrive.
Each teacher brings something totally unique to the classroom so be sure to read more below to find your ideal fit.
Petaluma location and Online
Emilie Thomas is a driven community leader, passionate teacher and dedicated learner of the Spanish language and Latino cultures. She founded Marin Spanish School in 2011 as a way to share her love for Spanish, give back to her community and build cross cultural bridges.
Emilie first learned Spanish through her time spent living in Chile and Spain and earned a B.A. in Spanish with minors in Latin American Studies and International Relations. Eager to use her Spanish to support immigrants in California, Emilie completed a certificate in Spanish/English Legal Court Interpretation, and is now on the Advisory Board at Canal Alliance.
Her teaching style is infectious, creative and highly approachable. She believes in the power of customized learning experiences, and is committed to helping her students make Spanish a part of their everyday lives. As a non-native Spanish speaker, Emilie understands just how uncomfortable it can be to take your Spanish outside the classroom, but she also knows all the rich connection and life changing possibility that awaits once you take the leap.
In 2018, Emilie founded Café Puente - Marin Spanish School’s not-for-profit social impact café that offers a bridge between Spanish language learners and our local Latino community. Café Puente offers a range of community events, cultural programming and is in the process of securing funding to open a brick and mortar café space open to the public in downtown Petaluma.
Emilie received her MBA in Sustainable Management focusing on Social Enterprise from Presidio Graduate School. She lives in Petaluma with her partner, Jake, and dog, Moyo.
Mill Valley location
Brent Wexler’s love for foreign language acquisition has given him the opportunity to connect with wonderful people from all over the world. He began learning Spanish as a teenager while communicating with immigrant staff at restaurants where he worked in Southern California. He then gave full throttle to his passion by pursuing a BA in Language Studies, including a year at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, soon thereafter completing an MA in Translation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Brent’s hunger for cross-cultural experience magnified over the years as he traveled and lived in countries such as Spain, France, Indonesia, Guatemala, Brazil, Peru, Vietnam and others. One of life’s greatest highlights for Brent came while teaching Spanish at his Alma Mater--UCSC--where he earned an Excellence in Teaching Award for his dynamic approach to empowering language learners on their journey to new heights.
Café Puente Hosts
An important extension of our teaching team are the Café Puente Hosts - an amazing group of native Spanish speakers ready to meet you at your level of Spanish. Learn more about Mely, Alex, Dalya, Mario, Vashti and Noemí and opportunities to connect with them here.