Our Team

 
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Nadia Mavrakis

Nadia is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Culturingua as well as a French teacher. She studied French for 10 years including a semester at HEC Paris, a business school outside Paris near Versailles. She graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Strategy and Finance with a minor in French. She has a Diploma of French Business Language First Degree with Honors, issued by le Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris. Nadia worked for nine years as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture Strategy in the Energy practice where she led projects to design and implement strategic transformation programs for Fortune 500 companies before co-founding Culturingua.

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Nader Mehdawi

Nader is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Culturingua as well as one of the Arabic teachers. Nader is native in Arabic, including Modern Standard Arabic, Libyan Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic, as well as fluent in English. He has more than eight years of experience in the Civil Engineering industry which includes planning, supervising, and managing residential, commercial, retail, and federal projects. Throughout his engineering career, he interpreted and translated between Arabic and English and has also taught engineering classes in Arabic. Nader has a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.

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Cindy Dorsey

Cindy is Culturingua’s Curriculum Director as well as one of our Arabic teachers. She holds a Master degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL with a focus on teaching language to young children. A veteran educator of 24+ years, she is an educational consultant in San Antonio, Texas, focusing on teacher development and ESL intervention programming. She developed unit plans and curriculum both as an ESL teacher in the Newcomers program for refugee students in Northside ISD and as an online Arabic teacher for Proximity Learning. She gained valuable experience in school improvement processes as a Head of Faculty in a local government school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She worked with Emirati administrators to deliver professional development training and curriculum guidance to a faculty comprised of both English and Arabic teachers. Her previous teaching experience, in Mansfield, Texas, included fourth grade, third grade, gifted education, and the preschool program for children with disabilities.

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Miriam hernandez

Miriam is Culturingua’s Spanish Director and has over 24 years of experience teaching high school Spanish in San Antonio at levels I, II, III, and IV, including 14 years of teaching Advanced Placement Spanish and 12 years as the chair of the World Languages Department. Miriam is originally from Mexico and has her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language with a Teacher Certification and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Literature, both from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Paula Espinoza

Paula is one of Culturingua’s Spanish Teachers. She is native in Spanish and speaks French and English. She previously was both a Spanish and French teacher at the Universidad de Caldas in Caldas, Colombia for two years. Paula is originally from Colombia and has her Bachelor or Arts in Modern Languages and Literature from the Universidad de Caldas in Caldas, Colombia.

Jose Pagan

Jose is one of Culturingua’s Spanish Teachers. He has taught with Culturingua at various private schools and at the Parman Library at Stone Oak. He has also taught Spanish at the Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio. Jose is originally from Puerto Rico and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a major in Media Writing and a Master of Arts in Communications with majors in Media and Contemporary Culture, both from Sagrado Corazon University in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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