About our Teachers

Our classes are taught by highly experienced Spanish classroom teachers.  The teachers create a fun and productive learning environment where the children have an opportunity to establish basic language and beginning conversational skills.  The teachers incorporate games, role play, music and various other activities to build and maintain your child’s enthusiasm for learning a new language. The teachers implement a positive reward based classroom management style where the children may earn Euro stamps to shop at our monthly “Market Day”. We have a skilled and enthusiastic staff!

Meet our Teachers


Araceli Garza: Spanish teacher, Director
Mrs. Araceli Garza was born , raised and educated in Mexico City. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and moved, with her family, to the United States in 2000. She is fluent in the English and Spanish languages. Araceli has been part of our team since the fall of 2010. We are thrilled to have her with MKM Education: Spanish Now ASP!

Mrs. Garza has been a classroom and small group teacher for 11 years and has had a variety of experiences working in education and administration. Araceli is a true asset to our language education group. She is a creative, effective and enthusiastic teacher. Araceli maintains excellent classroom management skills which focus on positive behavior modification. She is able to involve the children in various Spanish educational activities throughout her lessons in a nurturing and productive way.


Suzanne Viera: Spanish teacher, Director
Mrs. Viera was born and raised in Maracay, Venezuela. She moved to the United States in 1991 and earned her Masters in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. After staying at home for many years with her young children, Mrs. Viera joined the work force in Education. She began teaching at Mt. Zion Preschool in 2002. Suzanne started as an assistant teacher and is now a full time lead Spanish teacher for the school. Mrs. Viera has had the opportunity to work with all age preschool and kindergarten age children during her time at Mt. Zion. She has her own curriculum at Mt. Zion. In addition, Mrs. Viera also began working with our program in 2005. She is instrumental in curriculum writing administration and the organization of the Spanish Now ASP.


Marilyn Milley: Spanish teacher
Mrs. Milley has over 25 years of elementary classroom teaching experience. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education at the University of Delaware and a Masters Degree in Education Administration at George Washington University. Mrs. Milley specialized in Spanish and studied for a year abroad in Madrid, Spain. For several years following graduation, Marilyn taught elementary school in the American School of Barcelona. She later obtained a certification in Spanish and ESOL while teaching in Washington, DC. Marilyn Milley established and developed the Spanish Now ASP in 2005 and is thrilled to see the continued positive growth each year!


Mariana Nudelman:
Spanish teacher

Mrs. Nudelman was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where her extended family lives. She attended college at the University of Buenos Aires and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. She was a professor at the University of Buenos Aires for 5 years. She worked as a Business Analyst in Buenos Aires and in Tennessee where she lived for over 10 years. In 2009 she moved to Atlanta. She started to work as a Spanish teacher for Spanish Now ASP in 2013. She enjoys working with children and specially teaching Spanish. She believes that learning a second language will help them in life.

Eliana Burke:
Spanish teacher

Mrs. Burke was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2002 her husband’s job brought them back to his native country. Since then, they have lived in Marietta, where she stayed home raising their two boys during their earlier years. As a family, they spend their summers in Latin America as a way to expose their boys to the invaluable experience of both cultures and languages. This perspective led her to join the MKM team with the conviction that languages are increasingly important in our world today.



Monica Aldrete:
Spanish teacher

Mrs. Aldrete was born and raised in Cuernavaca, México.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from "Tecnológico de Monterrey" in México.
In 2008 she moved with her family to Sao Paulo, Brazil where she had the opportunity to learn Portuguese. Her husband’s job brought them to the United States in 2010. Since then she has been working as a Spanish substitute teacher  in different schools. She has two girls and now that they are older, she is very happy to join Spanish Now ASP as a regular teacher.
She is a true believer that learning any foreign language is a gift that can open many doors in our children future.


Catherine Sands:
Spanish teacher

Mrs. Catherine Sands was born and raised in the Atlanta area. She currently lives in Kennesaw with her husband and baby girl. Her studies of the Spanish language began in high school, where she realized that her future would involve Spanish. She graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Spanish, minoring in French. She worked at Mt. Zion UMC Preschool as the assistant Spanish teacher with Mrs. Suzanne Viera for two years, teaching the youngest classes each week. She joined the Spanish Now ASP team in 2016 as a classroom monitor and a substitute. During the second session of the following year, she stepped in as an instructor for a younger class. She started her first official class in January of 2018. When she isn't teaching Spanish, she will be staying home with her newborn girl. Her goal is to show the importance of learning languages, and that everyone is capable of mastering a foreign language!


Jimena Jarava:
Spanish teacher

Ms. Jarava was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, before moving to the US in 2003. While working at museums in south Florida, Ms. Jarava earned a Museum Studies Certificate from Florida International University. She focused on art education during her career, making sure hands-on art exhibits were accessible to all students, as well as working on cultural exhibits for magnet schools. While living in Maryland, she stayed home to raise her son and daughter. Ms. Jarava chose to make the transition from art education to bilingual education when she moved back to Georgia from New Jersey in 2017. She currently works as an Assistant Spanish teacher at Mt. Zion Preschool and as a substitute teacher for Cobb County School District. She truly believes being bilingual is an asset which helps children learn.


Monica Espinosa:
Spanish teacher

Mrs. Espinosa was born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico. She has a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting and Law. She loves Latin culture and had the opportunity to live in Costa Rica and Colombia, before moving to the USA due to her husband's job. Mrs. Espinosa has lived in Marietta since 2014. She enjoyed being at home with her two sons while they were younger, but since she loves working with kids, in the past year she has returned to work as a substitute teacher for Cobb County Schools and more recently as part of the Spanish Now ASP team.


Patricia Da Costa:
Spanish teacher

Patricia Da Costa was born in Argentina, and she moved to Atlanta with her whole family in 2014.
She attended the Sara Eccleston Institute in Argentina for two years studying pre-school education.
She worked at the Vinnings school of Arts in Smyrna in 2016 as Spanish teacher substitute for children ages between 2 to 10 years old. She also had a Spanish class for adults.
She believes that playing is the key for children to learn something new, so she likes to incorporate games, funny activities and interesting assignments to her classes.
Learning a second language is a new door that you can open and use in the future.
She loves Dr. Seuss' quote:"The more that you learn, the more places you will go!".








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