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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


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.

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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Ross Zeiger

English Professor


Ross Zeiger is from the United States. He spent five years as an officer in the US Marine Corps. After getting out, he became a consultant for Deloitte. Now, he is a business broker and English teacher. He is living in Mexico City and learning Spanish.

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 asst. manager and my own limo business in Chicago for over 20 years.  I have bee teaching in Mexico for the past three years at all levels starting from 1st grade to adults.  It has become a passion for me and I wish I had started it earlier.  I also started a export company for agricultural products, but with covid and the war, it has been difficult. 

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Valentina Grassi 

English and Italian Professor


Hi everyone! Ciao a tutti!

I’m Valentina, I’m from Milan, Italy but I’ve been living in Los Angeles for the past 2 years.


I have a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication from the University of Milan. I’ve taught English and Italian for quite a few years now – almost 5! – and I’ve also taught a public speaking course at CSULA.


I love history, reading, going on hikes, going for super long walks on the beach... and cats!

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Amanda Eastwood 

English Professor

Hi, my name is Amanda, I am from Melbourne, Australia and I am currently
living in Merida, Mexico. My background is in Business Administration, which I
have been working in for 30 years. I also have been teaching for 6 and a half
years, teaching mainly in Asia.
I enjoy keeping fit, coffee, and reading a good book.
I enjoy teaching as it’s a way for me to meet people from all over the world.
Also to help the students feel more confident speaking English.

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