Our teachers are the backbone of our program and our walking credentials. We couldn’t be prouder of their skills, their background and their professionalism.
Here, take a more personal glimpse–beyond their already well-established talent in the classroom–into the lives of our fascinating friends and find out which teacher:
Browse through the following pages for pictures and bios of some of the people who keep ILISA electric!
Francisco Estevanovich has been with us since 1990. He has a degree in Spanish linguistics, literature and master in Spanish second language.
Francisco’s classes are characterized as very dynamic, engaging and with no time to sit back. Participation 200%.
~”Hours and hours I spent talking with Francisco and I enjoyed every single moment, since he’s not only an excellent teacher whose explanations are perfectly clear and well-structured…More Marie-Cristine Kaptan, Switzerland
Carlos Rojas has been with us since 1990. Although his original studies are archeology and cultural anthropology, teaching is what he likes to do most. He has a master´s degree in teaching Spanish as a second language.~
~”ILISA has many strengths, none more important than the flexibility of the teaching staff. Carlos Rojas teaches Spanish, but it’s his professionalism and willingness to tailor classes to the needs of the student that makes him and ILISA special. … More Kay Wineforder, United States
Tatiana Marenco has a Bachelor degree in History and Spanish. She has been with us since 1997 and has been teaching a lot of students here at ILISA. Prepare yourself for a lot of talking, because this is the way Tatiana teaches Spanish to her students.
~”I felt excited to come to class each day because Tatiana expressed interest in the topics I enjoyed discussing. She is great! Professional, friendly, helpful, supportive – I felt Tatiana was genuinely interested in helping me learn …More“~ Bill Clements, United States
Maria Eugenia Quesada has been teaching Spanish, as well as French to foreigners for over 20 years now. She has a bachelor degree in French, a master’s degree in French literature both at the University of Costa Rica as of that in Paris, Sorbonne University. She has been teaching at places all over the world. ILISA’s students generally love her positive, encouraging attitude which inspires them to perform at their best ability.
~“Maria’s attitude is great! She is really helpful! Above that she is patient with us.”~ …More Melissa Perkins, United States
Ligia Bogantes has been a Spanish professor at ILISA since 1987 and has a career of more than 28 of teaching Spanish. She studied Spanish philology and Spanish teaching at the University of Costa Rica. She is one of our funniest professors who likes to spend her free time reading, going to the movie theatres and learning about new cultures.
~“ She is a wonderful teacher with a very positive attitude, very professional and also fun and informative, warm, relaxed and very conductive to learning.”~ …More
Ofelia Nikolova, United States
Elizabeth Robles is one of the student’s favorite professor, maybe because she enjoys teaching so much. She studied Spanish philology at the University of Costa Rica. Elizabeth is an amazing professor and a lady who you can discuss any topic of your interest with. She loves sports and has been running for more than 25 year. She also loves animals and is a vegetarian.
~“ Elizabeth is an absolute pleasure to learn from. She is very patient with me and, as I requested, she corrects minor errors that I make as we converse.…More Brandon Pierpont, United States
In order to get acquainted with everybody as quickly as possible, please ‘meet’ our office staff.
Julio Salas is our young and energetic director. He has already accumulated 14 years of experience as an entrepreneur and holds a master’s degree in engineering. Julio is very proud of offering a high quality learning experience to each and every student at ILISA and successfully works towards maintaining ILISA as the best Immersion Program in Costa Rica since its inception in 1987. Although his parents are from Panama, Julio is as tico as the gallo pinto and enjoys getting to know the students, is passionate about computers and his favorite pastime is playing with his young son.
Hellen Rojas is the cornerstone of ILISA Spanish language training program. She takes credit for selecting, training, motivating and evaluating our extensive staff of language trainers. She implements ILISA’s vision that our trainers are our most important asset. If we take good care of them, they’ll take good care of you. As the program director, her supervision dictates that classes are always dynamic, enjoyable, and effective. …More
Sophia Wood Massicotte is our sales & enrolment coordinator. Working closely with both Hellen, Sophia is here to answer your questions about Ilisa’s program and help you with the registration process. …More
Dennis Orlando Quirós Leiva is our Spanish supervisor. Dennis studied in the fields of educational informatics, teaching, literature and communications. He has been working for Ilisa since 2005. …More
Marino Retana is the person that will pick you up at the airport. He will provide you your first information and bring you to your accommodation. He is very sympathetic and, as a taxi driver, can bring you anywhere in the future as well. …More
Manuel Brenes is ILISA’s accountant since August 2002. He hopes you will enjoy your stay at ILISA. He Enjoys playing football, basketball and spend time in the mountains. In the mountains his favorite activity is trout fishing. …More
Scarleth Morales are ILISA´s receptionist, she can help you with any questions about the city, tours we have, how to travel by bus, the country itself, money exchange and payments. …More
Gabriela Zuñiga and Evelyn Esquivel are ILISA’s maintenance workers, they work hard to keep the building immaculately clean….in fact, its been known for the spotless glass doors in the office to sometimes cause us problems!