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Julie Meierdirks

French and Spanish

Hi! My name is Julie Meierdirks and I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I have my
Bachelor’s degree in Education with a major in Spanish and a minor in French from
Northwestern University and a Master’s in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of
California, Santa Barbara. I have been teaching Spanish and French for over 20 years and I also
volunteer to tutor adult English language learners through our community education center.
I’ve taught at both the high school and middle school/junior high levels and I really enjoy all
ages! My love for languages and cultures is what drives my passion for teaching! I truly enjoy
watching students open their minds by learning a new language to communicate in the world!

Julie teaches:

  • Middle/High School Spanish 1
  • Middle/High School Spanish 2
  • Middle/High School French 1
  • Middle/High School French 2

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Jenny Ning Zhan

Chinese

你好!Hello!

My name is Ning Zhan. You can call me Jenny instead. I was born in Quanzhou, where is a coastal city in south-eastern part of China. I have a Bachelor degree in Radio and Television from Shanghai Normal University and Master of Education degree in Learning, Teaching & Curriculum from University of Missouri – Columbia. Over the past five years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to instruct a diverse group of students from Kindergarten to College level in Columbia, Missouri. As a result, I have developed effective teaching techniques and instructional methods, which have allowed me to educate all styles of learners, and to foster a fun and engaging learning environment that effectively teaches art appreciation with Mandarin integrated, in which promotes creativity and encourages growing independence. Now, I am Chinese teacher at Charlotte Chinese Academy. I love to share Chinese language, culture and art with people surroundings and can‘t wait to share my passion with students from Bon Voyage World Language Academy.

Jenny teaches:

    • MSHS 1
    • MSHS 2
    • MSHS 3
    • MSHS 4
    • Adult 1
    • China travel lead
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Veronika Kalinouskaya

Russian

Veronica is a native speaker of Russian language. Being in love with different cultures and their history from a childhood, she has decided to devote all the energy to “living through” new mentalities and learning new languages by travelling and teaching children over three continents.

Veronica obtained a B.A. in International Law from the Belarus State University and then did postgraduate work in linguistics: both in English and Spanish.

Veronica has been teaching Russian for over 2 years in Belarus; and also volunteered to tutor the language to children with disabilities in the U.S.A.; in addition to that, she spent the last year in China giving English classes to the students between 4-5 years of age.

As a teacher, Veronica believes that parents are the best teachers and role models for their child, therefore, positive communications between parents and teachers is a key method in her work. She looks forward to be the best teacher for You or Your child!

-Veronica teaches all levels of Russian
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Sara Boi

Italian

Ciao. My name is Sara and I am here to use my 10 years of teaching experience to help you succeed in your dream. For the last 4 years I have been teaching Italian language to students in a top 3 Pontifical University in Rome, Italy. I was born in Rome, Italy and graduated with honors from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, with a degree in Asian Studies and Cultures. I hold a master in Teaching Italian Language. In 2006 I moved to Japan where I worked as an Italian teacher for two years. I also have Ditals II, Teaching Italian as a Foreign language Certification. I am proud of my culture and love to share my language and upbringing with my students.  I’m a passionate Italian food and art lover so whether you’re reading biographical information about the brilliant painter Caravaggio or figuring out how to cook some of your favorite Italian dishes, learning Italian with me is simply essential!

Sara teaches:

    • kindergarten 1
    • kindergarten 2
    • elementary 1
    • elementary 2
    • elementary 3
    • MSHS 1
    • MSHS 2
Viviana Ardesia

Viviana Ardesia

Italian and Latin

Ciao e benvenuti a BonVoyage!
I’mViviana and I was born in Pescara, a tiny city on the Adriatic Sea, where I attended high school in Classical Studies. I
have a Master degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, and I
hold a PhD in Italian History from the University of Udine. I lived in Pisa, Milan and Turin teaching Italian Grammar and
Literature in Middle schools and History at university for more than 15 years. I moved to Florida recently with my family
and I can’t wait to share my language and my culture with all of you!

Viviana  teaches all levels of Italian

 

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Alessandra Castoldi

Italian

Ciao. My name is Alessandra. I was born in Milan (Italy). I have a Master degree in Italian language and
Literature from the University of Milan. I taught for almost 20 years Italian and History at Middle school in
Italy. I also have 5 years experience in teaching Italian as an additional language to foreign adults and children.
Four years ago I moved with my husband and my two kids in Dubai where I taught Italian at Dubai
International Academy. In 2018 we moved to the US in Austin (TX).
Teaching Italian has always been my passion and I am looking forward to spread my language. Learning a
new language is probably the best way to know a country and its culture and I’m very happy to introduce you
to the Italian culture and traditions.
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Esther Kim

Korean

 

안녕하세요
?
Hi, my name is Esther Kim.
I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. When I was 15, my family moved to the state and I had to
learn English as my second language. So, I understand the challenges when it comes to learning new
language. I’ve been teaching Korean for last 6 years. I have taught in both private and school settings
and I have taught all ages and all levels. I have three children of my own and I’ve been teaching them
Korean ever since they were born. They can all speak and read Korean fluently.
I love Korean culture and history. I am ready to share them with all my students. I am red belt in
Taekwondo and planning on getting black belt one day. I also play Korean instrument Kayagum. I am
interested in K-pop, K-drama, K-beauty, and K-food. So, if you are into any of K-culture let’s talk!
I love learning new languages and its culture. I will be getting my BA in Korean (teaching Korean as a
second language) from Korea University this fall. I also have AA degree in American Sign Language, and I
am fluent in Korean Sign Language as well. People say that Korean is one of most difficult language to
learn, but l am here to help. I can’t wait to meet all my students.
감사합니다

Esther teaches all levels of Korean.

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Nikol Kokkoni

Greek

Γεια
σας!
My name is Nikol (from Nikolitsa) I am Greek and I grew up in Patras, southeast of
Greece. I have studied Greek Philοlogy and ancient Greek and I have a master degree
in Linguistics. I am giving private lessons to students of primary and secondary
education in Greece since 2012, I am teaching Greek as a second/foreign language
since 2016. For many years I have been a camp counselor and community leader.
When I finished my studies I had an internship in an advertising company creating
and editing press releases, editing and writing articles in a greek online newspaper.
Currently I live in Málaga, Spain where I have Translation and Interpretation courses
Greek/Spanish, Spanish -Greek, in the University of Malaga and I also participate in
translation and lettering of graphic novels.
Teaching modern greek, sharing my language and my culture is my passion. I am an
enthusiastic person, I like to improve myself and my knowledge as much as possible,
while making positive impact. Learning a language is a window to a new world, let ́s
open this window together and have fun!
Τα
λέμε
σύντομα!

Nikol teaches all levels of Greek.

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Anne-Gaëlle Burns

French and Spanish

Hello! Bonjour! Hola!
My name is Annegaelle, I am a French and Spanish teacher here at Bon Voyage.
French is my first language but I have studied English and Spanish as second and third
languages, so I am very familiar with the difficulties of learning a new one.
I have seen the importance of using new learning techniques, since I have a degree in
languages & Psychology, and also know how to make it a fun experience!
Here at Bonvoyage we use our 5 senses to learn languages and know how to make it
entertaining and enjoyable for anyone!!
With me you will sing, play games and have many activities that we will use to get to
know each other, and much like your first friend abroad.
I will show you my culture, customs and a new way of life!
So if you would like to hangout and master a new language while having fun, then I am
really excited to be your new teacher & your new friend!

 

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Hiroko Hunter

Japanese

My name is Hiroko Hunter, and I am excited to teach Japanese at the Bon Voyage World Language
Academy. I was born and raised in Japan, and came to the U.S. to go to college. I graduated with a
Master’s degree in secondary education in Georgia. I have taught Japanese at the elementary, high
school, and college level for 19 years. I currently live in Lexington, Kentucky and I have two sons, a 23-
year old and a 17-year old. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, jogging, and playing piano.
Even though I have a busy life, I get pure joy from helping children learn. I believe a child learns best
when he /she is actively engaged in a meaningful activity and enthused by authentic materials. Children
will be able to make connections if the lessons are interesting and relevant to them. That is why I am so
excited to be a part of the Bon Voyage World Language Academy. Together, we can see your child grow
and exceed our expectations.
I know you are probably eager to begin this exciting school year. Please feel free to email me with any
questions or concerns. I am looking forward to working with you to make this year a wonderful learning
experience.
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Laura Pedroni

German

Laura first started learning German as a freshman in high school in 2000. Her high school had and still maintains a strong German program today. In deciding which path to pursue in post-secondary studies, she knew that she wanted to study abroad in Germany. She also had an admiration for her high school German teacher who inspired her to study German Education. Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois offers this unique major. Laura spent the 2007 spring semester at Universität Bonn in Bonn, Germany. She then graduated from ISU in May 2008 and had five full sections of German at a high school in Aurora, Illinois. Laura taught German levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the high school level for eleven years before resigning in May 2019 to be a stay-at-home mom. She would like to continue sharing her love for the German language and culture by teaching from home while taking care of her young children.
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Nash Middleton

Spanish

¡Hola chicos!

My name is Nash and I’m originally from San Antonio,
Texas where I grew up in a bilingual and bi-cultural environment. I realized
that teaching was my passion when I was living in Spain at the age of 22 and
I’ve been involved in Spanish language pedagogy in some capacity for the last
15+ years. I have an MA degree in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures from the
University of Texas at San Antonio and I’m currently finishing my PhD at The
Ohio State University with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I
have experience teaching all ages and levels, from elementary Spanish language
courses to advanced composition and literature courses. I’m currently living in
Córdoba, Argentina with my wife and my son where I teach both English and
Spanish. When I’m not working, I enjoy
playing the guitar and learning Argentinian folk music.

Learning a new language is an incredibly rewarding
experience and I take much satisfaction in watching my students grow both
linguistically and culturally. Bon
Voyage is a unique language academy where both of these goals can be
accomplished. I look forward to meeting
all of you who are interested in learning and improving your Spanish!

Midori

Midori Leaning

Japanese

My name is Midori Leaning. I was born and raised in Japan. I came to the States to go to College here. I studied Psychology and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. I have taught 2nd, 5th and 7th grade at Utah Japanese Language School for 6 years. I also have been teaching piano with the Suzuki method for 7 years . I’ve lived in Utah for more than 15 years raising my children. I have 6 daughters from the ages 16 to 4 years old and they are all English/Japanese bilinguals. It’s been such a precious time to raise and help them grow. I like to cook, bake and eat good food, read Manga and travel with my family. It’s been so interesting to see how children learn so many things, but at the same time the way you teach makes differences on how much they can gain. That’s one of the reasons why I’m so excited to join Bon Voyage World Language Academy! I like how we teach languages using the 5 senses and I think it’s a very effective way to learn a new language. I’m looking forward to teaching and introducing you to Japanese and Japanese culture!