About us

The Spanish Schoolhouse offers a unique Spanish Immersion program, where classes taught in Spanish, by native Spanish Speaking teachers, help children and adults learn the language in a fun, engaging way.

Our Mission

Through classes and programs specifically tailored to accommodate the proficiency and needs of each student, The Spanish Schoolhouse strives to pass our love of the Spanish language and culture to our students. Whether you come to us with existing skills or are brand new to the language, we will take you on a journey of discovery and learning that will benefit you for a lifetime.

Learning Spanish is an enriching experience that enhances academic growth, opens new doors and encourages new ways of thinking while helping students develop an appreciation for the cultural diversity in Canada and around the world.

We help our Students

  • Teach students to express themselves creatively in both their first and second languages

  • Encourage the use of Spanish both within the school and outside, in the global community

  • Use the experience of becoming bilingual to broaden their understanding of other cultures

  • Create the potential for global career opportunities down the line

Our Director

Veronica Citrino

Hola y Bienvenidos! Welcome to The Spanish Schoolhouse. I am delighted that you are considering studying Spanish with us. Since 2004 we have been safely delivering high quality Spanish programs to children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Our highly qualified teachers are deeply committed to their students, allowing them to achieve their best, through purposeful activities and ensuring they have fun, make friends, and Speak Spanish. I invite you to join us for a world class Spanish learning experience. Please contact us to arrange a tour or our school and to meet our passionate and dedicated teaching team.

I have always believed that speaking more than one language is a gift. Being able to teach Spanish is one of my great pleasures. There is no greater satisfaction for me than seeing my students, adults and children alike, conversing fluently in a language that’s new to them.

Our Staff

Classes are led by fluent and proficient language teachers. Our teachers are native Spanish speakers and hold degrees in education, Masters in Applied Linguistics, DELE diplomas and Early Childhood Education Diplomas.

Alexis Suarez

Alexis Suarez holds a Master of Arts in Spanish and he teaches all levels of adult classes in The Spanish Schoolhouse since 2012. Mr. Suárez also collaborated with the school in developing and redesigning the new Course Outline for the adult courses. He is Spaniard and had more than twenty years of experience in teaching Spanish as Second Language in different institutions like Centennial College (Toronto) and Instituto Cervantes of Manila(Philippines). Instituto Cervantes, with more than 90 centers in 43 different countries around the world, was founded by the Government of Spain to promote the teaching, use and study of the Spanish language and to contribute to the advancement of Spanish, Hispanic and Latin American cultures throughout the world. Mr. Suárez has been also a member of the Panel Examiners for D.E.L.E. (Diploma in Spanish as Foreign Language). The Diplomas DELE are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. He had also participated in several conferences and workshops in methodologies in Spanish as Second Language in Spain.

Anna Sorde Marti

Anna grew up in Barcelona where she studied Science of Education and has a Masters in “Application of New Technologies in Education”, both at the University of Barcelona. Also, she has an e-Learning Certificate at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is studying to get the International Baccalaureate Certificate as a teacher at the University of Toronto as well. She has ten years of experience teaching Spanish. She has worked as a teacher at an Elementary School in Barcelona for five years. Also, she wrote on an Educational and Technology Blog for almost four years.

In Toronto, she teaches Spanish to children and adults. She designs a curriculum in a way that all areas of Spanish language development are explored: Conversation, Pronunciation, Reading comprehension, Grammar, and Spelling. A variety of teaching methods and tools are used in order to allow students to actively participate and be fully immersed in each class.

Anna teaches in groups, individual and, also, online.

Mario Guerrero

Holds B.A. in Language Teaching from the University of Nariño in Pasto, Colombia and a Masters of Science in Education from Fordham University in New York City. He also holds a M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He has wide experience working with immigrants and refugees at the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education in the City of New York serving as a Senior Administrative Intern of an English Program. Additionally, he has taught several English as a Second Language courses at the New Americans Initiative Department at the YMCA of Greater New York and English as Foreign Language in Colombia. At a university level, he has performed as a Spanish Instructor in different American universities where he has started different technology-based projects with his students. He has also performed as an English and Spanish Lecturer in two British Universities. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies at York University in Toronto, Canada where he also teaches Spanish. His research interests include language and gender, intercultural communication, spoken and written discourse analysis.


Dorita Umana Guevara

Dorita finished her degrees as a Master in Science of Education with emphasis in Preschool Education and Bachelor’s degree in Elementary School Education. She also took Spanish teaching for adults in Beginners and Intermediate levels in Toronto. Dorita has more than 14 years of experience working with children from 2 to 14 years old, and she has been a Spanish teacher since 2014.

Active, happy, energetic, outstanding, easygoing with children providing an excellent friendly environment. She has experience in planning class materials, organizing the educational work in an active and dynamic way, using different types of computer applications, knowledge and skills to improve the creativity and performance of her students.

Her experience working with children of all ages and families with social, nutritional and special needs in Costa Rica, opened her doors to come to work in Canada. Now she is dedicated to teach Spanish leaving a piece of Latin culture in every class she gives.

Karla Casanova

Was born in Mexico. She has over 10 years experience working with children of all ages. She started working at The Spanish Schoolhouse in 2008 as a volunteer and shortly after became part of the staff. Karla is passionate about contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of the young children she works with. She is enthusiastic and creative with her curriculum and is very caring towards all her students. She carries her love of children into organizing birthday parties and creating hand made pinatas.

She has completed numerous courses in the field of education in her home country and in Toronto. Karla is certified in First Aid and CPR training.

Diana Ruiz

Diana Ruiz holds a Bachelor in Education from the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Bogota, Colombia. She has worked as an elementary school teacher in various rural schools in Colombia where being a nurturing individual has been a great asset to her students. Diana can adapt to various teaching situations and plans all her activities to meet the needs of all her students. Her interactive lessons and educational crafts are well loved by all her students. Diana includes music and movement in her classes to better engage her students.

Paola Gonzales

Paola was born in Colombia where she studied Psychology . She has ten years of experience educating preschoolers and elementary age kids. She is committed to teach exchange cultural bilingual education, maintain effective behavioral management by incorporating motivational and learning opportunities tracking children’s emotional, intellectual and social development. She creates individualized plans and programs to facilitate a targeted, personalized approach to education while stimulating student’s enjoyment and appreciation for the Spanish language and Hispanic Culture

Felix Carapaica

Born in Venezuela, Felix is fully trilingual in Spanish, French and English. He studied at Glendon College, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language through the Hispanic Studies Department.
He is completely passionate about languages and has taught in Spanish, English and French. He began working in education in 2014. He was the Program Co-ordinator at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, an Assistant Supervisor at the YMCA After-school Program and is currently working in the Salon Francophone at York University as a Language Monitor. He also completed an internship in Chambéry, France this summer as part of the EMILE program. He taught a variety of subjects to children from the ages of 4 to 10 in both English and French.

Felix is excited to help students learn, improve and perfect their Spanish. He shares his passion for this language in an engaging and effective way.

Lucia Martinez

Lucía Martínez Álvarez holds a MA in Spanish as a Second Language Teaching from University of Oviedo, Spain. She is also accredited as a DELE examiner (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) by the Instituto Cervantes. In addition. She has experience teaching Spanish language to students from different levels, ages and multicultural backgrounds.
She was responsible for created and presented Spanish Intensive Workshops for students and faculty participating in 2018 and 2019 Semester abroad courses in Costa Rica (York University). In these workshops she designed lessons with a specific focus on oral communication and daily practical activities.

Lucía loves to bring Spanish culture to the class which makes students more interested in the new language. She believes arts and culture are essential in the process of learning a foreign language. She knows every student learns a language in a different way, tailoring the lesson to each one.