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.

Felix Carapaica

Born in Venezuela, Félix has also lived in the United States and is now located in Toronto, Ontario. Bilingualism (English and Spanish) has always been a part of his life. He has studied Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Glendon College through the Hispanic Studies Department. He will graduate with an Honour’s Bachelor Degree in French Studies and will pursue the Bachelor of Education at York University.

Completely passionate about the languages he has taught in English, French, and of course Spanish. He began working in education in 2014. He was the Program Coordinator 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 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.

Lizdaribeth Torrealba

Lizdaribeth is Venezuelan, she was born in a beautiful city called Caracas where She did all her musical, pedagogical, and philosophical studies. She is Viola performer, moreover Lizdaribeth have two bachelor’s degree: The first one in Philosophy, and the second one in Musical Pedagogy where She have obtained the Summa Cum Laude mention.

Lizdaribeth love to teach! Professionally, She has worked with babies, children, and adults. She was music teacher in the maternal Step by Step; furthermore, She was philosophy teacher in her university (UCSAR), being teacher of threes specifically subjects: Bioethics, Aesthetic, and Philosophy of History. In Canada, Lizdaribeth worked with the Sistema as viola, violin and cello teacher in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. Currently, She lives in Ontario and she has become Zümbini’s certified instructor (Program for babies).

Torrealba considers that the education is especially important in our society. She believe in an artistic education where the children can enjoy and learn through the music, dance, literature, and other arts; in fact, She has wrote an article titled: El Arte en la Educación Inicial. Lizdaribeth loves to write essays, poetry, short stories, and other literary genres in Spanish. She has published her writings in Venezuela, Spain, and Germany academic research journals. Currently, Torrealba is doing a Master’s degree in Art: Aesthetic Mention in Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador – Venezuela.

Helen Fritsch

Helen studied in Chile holding a degree in education from “Universidad Metropolitana” de Ciencias de la Educacion, Santiago de Chile.

She worked as an elementary school teacher (from grade one to third) for more than twelve years. While she was teaching, she watched children grow and develop intellectually, guiding them as they engage with new concepts and ideas, leading them to become self-sufficient and independent learners.
In Toronto, she has worked with many families and their children, teaching Spanish as a second language since 2010. She also has taught Spanish to adults.

For her, the most important aspect of teaching is allowing the child to unleash their maximum potential. This encourages the child to love what they are learning in a relaxed environment. With this, the student is able to both further their knowledge of the language and become immersed in learning the Latin culture.

Monica Viviana Merlo

Viviana is Argentinian, she was born in Mendoza known for its tree-lined streets, sunny climate, and Malbec wine.  She studied in Argentina holding two degrees in education from “Universidad Nacional de Cuyo- Facultad de Filosofía y Letras”.

She has more than 20 years of experience teaching elementary, teens and adults in private colleges and institutions. Expert at developing lesson plans, creative, passionate, and enthusiastic about her work with children.  Diplomatic communicator when addressing parents and children about disciplinary actions. 

 Viviana has superior skills in bridging the gap between Spanish and English and she is committed to finding new methods and conversational techniques.  She has developed activities and integrated technology to diversify instruction.

 While she was teaching, she taught children how to create a supportive and safe environment, she engaged students with new concepts and ideas. This encourages the child to connect with one another and develop into healthy adults. 

Her vision is to empower students to spark change from the inside out by cultivating awareness, resilience, and compassionate action.

Daniela Urbina

Daniela grew up in Colombia; she is doing her last semester of her psychology bachelor’s degree. She also took Homeschooling and Child Neurodevelopment, Neuroeducation and Neuropsychology courses at Ceenford and a study at the Queensland University of Technology about Inclusive Education: Essential knowledge for success. She co-founded a non-profit foundation, where she developed and implemented some social impact projects, gave speeches, and created dynamic activities. She has experience working with kids between 15 months to 15 years old.

She loves cycling, being active, learning daily, reading books and accepting new challenges. She believes the learning process should be fun, and dynamic, and that the student needs to know how to apply the knowledge to their lives. Teaching is her passion, and she tries to transmit this love to her students. 

Merly Davianny

Merly was born and raised in Colombia. Teaching is one of her greatest passions. In fact, she knew she wanted to become a teacher when she was only 8 years old, and attended middle and high schools specialized in preparation for a career in teaching, giving her teaching experience as early as 16 years old. She studied Spanish language education at the University of Antioquia and has been a professional teacher for the past 12 years. She worked for 6 years in high schools in Colombia teaching literature, writing and communication to native Spanish speakers, and has been teaching Spanish as a second language to children and adults for 7 years. She has worked with all levels of Spanish learners, online and in the classroom, privately and in groups. She excels at working in a team setting and creating learning content for social media.

Her other passion is dancing (even when she’s explaining grammar, she can’t stop dancing!), and is convinced that learning a language is like learning to dance. For this reason, she wants to help Spanish students not just learn the language but feel it, enjoy it and live it as well.

Pablo Martinez

Pablo was born in Madrid, Spain. His professional career has always been linked to the study and teaching of languages. With an exciting professional profile, Pablo has lived and worked in eight different countries Spain, England Scotland, Thailand, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Canada and he is able to speak 6 different languages fluently (Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian).

Among his extensive academic studies, Pablo holds a Master’s in business administration, 3 advanced languages certifications, and a diploma as a Spanish teacher for foreign students of all levels. Pablo’s passion for languages has always been there, and in 2018, he decided to share this passion by promoting his most valuable asset the Spanish language.

After all these years abroad, learning and understanding other cultures, Pablo felt the Spanish language is his country, and his home wherever it is spoken.

Ximena Valbuena

Ximena was born in Colombia, she studied Modern Languages, Spanish and English Education at Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, recognized for being one of the top ten most important universities in Colombia thanks to its research academics groups. Currently, she is finishing her Masters in Linguistics at the same university. She also took various online courses, such as “Creating Apps in the Classroom” and “Inclusive Education” at the Queensland University of Technology, among others. Also, she designed an educational website based on academic guidelines where students from her home country can learn Spanish.

Ximena has more than seven years of experience teaching elementary, middle school and adults in public and private institutions. She is deeply committed to providing creative educational materials and superior instructional support to create the best possible educational environment.

Ximena loves being with her family, reading books, watching documentaries, walking on mountains and enjoying the Canadian winter landscapes. She is convinced that learning any language should be fun and creative while enjoying the things you like to do.