Italian Native Speaker
Elisabetta Mazzantini is an Italian native from Rome. She is a linguist, who has been working as a freelance English-Italian translator and interpreter for over 30 years, as well as an Italian teacher. She has taught Italian as a foreign language since she moved to Santa Fe in 2000, initially at the Santa Fe Community College, and then with private students and groups.
"Elisabetta Mazzantini-Clark's Italian classes are a pure joy. A highly educated woman, she is quick and very able to answer any question regarding Italian word usage, meaning, and etymology. Encouraging and patient, she opens each class session with time for students to ask questions about the Pimsleur CD recordings read for the session or for any general or specific questions the students may have about the Italian language. Students feel relaxed in her class and through her encouragement and guidance quickly find themselves conducting conversations In Italian with each other. Through her own efforts, she has prepared written transcripts of the CDs and sends these to the students after each class session which is a helpful way of reinforcing what was previously practiced in class. She also sends students typed notes of words and/or phrases discussed in each class session, another reinforcement. Her pleasant and cheerful manner has set a climate for eagerness to learn one of the worlds most beautiful languages."
Barcelona Spain Native Speaker
Thirteen + years in Santa Fe as a spanish teacher at Santa Fe Prep.
SPANISH Patricia Lerner
Patricia is from Lima, Peru and has been living in Santa Fe for 22 years. During that time she has been teaching Spanish both at college and high school levels. Her teaching style is very inclusive and engaging, making emphasis in the conversational aspect of the language. Patricia incorporates variations of the Spanish language according to the different countries. She also has vast experience translating documents and working as an interpreter. She speaks several languages like Hebrew and Italian among others. She has a background on information technology and management as well, with a bachelor degree in this field.