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Meet the Team

 

Our native language speaking teachers are carefully selected through a rigorous interview process and equipped with the tools they need to provide quality, engaging lessons. They possess a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds, but one thing they all share in common is a passion for teaching! You can get to know our teachers a little better through their bios below. And when you are ready, you can click here to speak with a Language Expert! 

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Charles Montenegro

Managing Director

 

I have more than ten years of experience in the educational sector. In 2013, I co-founded Mexican House of Languages and in 2020 American House of Languages. 

 

With Antonio Catena as a partner and other team members, we were able to create strong pillars combining state-of-the art technology and outstanding education at a low cost. We are ready to change the game! 

 

I studied in an American school from nursery in South America and went to study at Florida Atlantic University and other institutions. I have two bachelor’s degrees; one in international business and the other one in marketing. I also have a postgraduate degree in business administration. 

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Antonio Catena

Co-Founder

I am an experienced Country Manager with a proven work history in the Human Resources industry. Professional entrepreneur, expert in Negotiating, Outplacement, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship and Business Development.  

I have more than fifteen years of experience in Executive Search, national but also on an international level, in the area of searching for directors and middle management positions.  

I have worked for different sectors, but I have currently positioned myself in Mexico as one of the headhunters to go to in the areas of IT, Telecom, Energy, Engineering and Construction. In 2013, I launched Mexican House of Languages as a co-founder with Charles Montenegro. In 2020, we launched American House of Languages.

 

I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Universidad Computense de Madrid España and a Master’s degree in Executive Management from IPADE.

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Matthew Smith

English Professor

Hi everyone. I’m Matt. I’m from California but I’ve lived in Mexico for the last seven years.


I graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in political science. I have taught English for six years and I have a 100 hour TEFL certificate. I’m a native English speaker and I speak nearly fluent Spanish (B2). I have taught a variety of classes including business, conversation, test preparation, and comprehensive classes in a variety of settings including one on one, group, online and in person. My teaching style is dynamic and interactive. I like to use a variety of conversation games, role plays, music, and videos to complement my class material.

In my spare time I like to play and watch basketball, lift weights, watch movies and science and history documentaries.

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Javier Garcia

English Professor

 

I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela where I completed my high school studies in Escuela Bella Vista, the only American accredited school in Maracaibo City. After graduating high school I attended Florida International University in Miami, Florida. I majored and received my bachelor's degree in International Business & Management. 

My favorite hobbies include weight lifting and functional training exercises, whenever I get the chance I also love to go horseback riding.

I consider myself to be a caring and enthusiastic teacher always concerned about my student's progress and well-being.

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Joe Mapleton

English Professor

I was born in India but lived all my life in USA, mainly Chicago.  I have a BSc. in Healthcare Management but worked as an Assistant Manager for one of the biggest limo companies in Chicago and then owned my own limo business. I have been teaching in Mexico for the past three years at all levels starting from 1st grade to adults.  I take great pride in teaching and truly enjoy seeing that I have made a difference in a persons life. Presently I am also a partner in an export and import company for agricultural products.

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Brenton Freeman

English Professor

Hi, I'm Brenton. I'm from Australia but I live in Mexico. I've been teaching English as a second language for the past six years in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, and Australia. I teach both general and business English for all levels (A1-C2), as well as IELTS and Cambridge exam preparation. I have a keen interest in music, art, travel, and politics and prefer a communicative approach to teaching. I look forward to helping you reach your English language goals!

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Gianluca Casarelli

Italian Professor

Hi, I'm Gianluca Casarelli, I was born in Naples, Italy, I graduated at the University Federico II and in 2012 I moved to Mexico where I started teaching Italian, English and now also Spanish for foreigners. I am a historian and I am passionate about culture, in particular cinema, art, literature, philosophy and sports. I am very interested in the history of cooking and good food.

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Jose Concepción

English Professor

Hello!
Anzoátegui, Venezuela is my birthplac
e, but now Mexico City gives me the gift of getting to know it. I am an English teacher with more than 3 years of experience. My career is Modern Languages and I have a teaching component at the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela; in addition of having language certification at the Metropolitana University, Venezuela. I have taught English from preschool children to adults older than me.

For me, being a teacher is a connection with students and being of great help in their learning process; that is why I have created fun dynamics to use them in a new and different environment in the classroom.

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Ricky Hu 

English Professor

Hello all. My name is Ricky Hu, but everyone calls me Rick. I was born and raised in New York City by immigrant parents. Coming from a diverse city, I was brought up accustomed to many different culture, ethnicity, and backgrounds.  I bring a humanistic approach, as well as a unique perspective on language acquisition. 

I have graduated from City University of New York SPS and attended State University of New York Geneseo with a bachelor’s in psychology (Psychopathology track) and a minor in biology. My professional background revolved around healthcare administration and the clinical side. I am currently semi-retired and split my time between Mexico, The U.S, China, and Germany. Aside from traveling, I enjoy exercising, playing the piano and guitar, and helping family members in their accounting and manufacturing businesses. 

I look forward to see you in class!

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Joseline Vega Osornio PhD. 

English Professor

I graduated from the Triple Master Program Erasmus Mundus Crossways in European Humanities, carrying out studies at France, Portugal and Italy. Since then, I am lecturer on language and cultural studies related to these beloved countries.

I am member of the Erasmus Mundus Association and the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance, promoting exchange between Mexico - LA and Europe. I am active in other networks of transdisciplinary encounters, e.g. The Neurohumanities Research Network.

My articles can be found in magazines such as Cahiers Européens de l’Imaginaire (CNRS, France, 2015-2021), Mente y Cultura (National Institute of Psychiatry, México, 2021) and Esoterosfera. Diez ensayos en esoterismo, política y literatura. (Centro de Investigaciones Filológicas – UNAM, 2023). My recent translations include Pornocultura. Viaje al Fondo de la Carne (Buenos Aires, Prometeo, 2021); Afinidades conectivas. Sociología de la cultura digital (Buenos Aires, Prometeo, 2022) and Black Mirror. La Aurora digital. Buenos Aires, Prometeo, 2023).

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Anastasiia Davydova

English Professor

Hi, my name is Anastasiia, I am from Ukraine but I live in Mexico.

I graduated from Kharkiv National Aerospace University with a bachelor degree in Translation of technical literature (Aircraft building). I also have a master degree in Quality, certification and standardization. I have taught English for 5 years. I love it and believe that suffering and sweat should never be a part of learning process.

Studying languages is one of my hobbies, I speak 5 languages (Ukrainian, Russian, English, Spanish and a little bit of German). I enjoy traveling, video games, going to the gym and trying out new, sometimes extreme, activities.

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Enrique Cervera

English Professor

Hello, my name is Enrique Cervera. I was born in Mexico City but raised in the USA during my early childhood. I love languages and traveling. I lived in France for five years – yes, I speak French as well, and I have a decent command of Italian and Portuguese. My approach to teaching a language is that it should be learned as a first language, not a second one.


I am a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, where I lived for 18 years. I am a professional photographer, a natural-born producer, and a lover of creativity as a subject matter. When I teach, whether it's creativity, languages, or technical subjects, I use humor and draw from my creativity workshops to help students loosen up and enjoy what they are learning. 

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