Our Super Teaching Team of Summer Spanish Camp Counselors Venice, CA


¡Hola! I am delighted to introduce our team of counselors for our Camp Aventura summer camp season at Venice Lutheran School  in Venice, CA starting 7/11/16.

It has been my pleasure to work closely with each of them.   They are warm, intelligent, caring, creative, fun, adventurous, hard working and skillful.

Remember counselors will only speak to you in Spanish, so please direct your inquiries if in English to myself or Matt (our asst. site director).  No matter what group your camper is in they will get to meet everyone!

Thanks again for being a part of our Kallpachay family!

Miriam Epstein, Site Director/ Owner and co-founder Kallachay SPANISH Immersion


Cristina Rubio Hignett

I am delighted to be lead teacher trainer, curriculum designer and counselor for Kallpachay. Nine months ago I moved to LA from Valencia, Spain where I was teaching and creating programs for students to learn English.

I have a double B.A. in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics (University of Pittsburgh) and a Master in Applied Linguistics specializing in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (Universidad de Jaén, Spain).

After graduating university, I spent a summer teaching Spanish in Nicaragua and moved to Spain where I continued to expand my skills as a foreign language teacher (Spanish and ESL).  In the process, I have written six foreign language textbooks, taught for ten years, developed curriculum for after school activities, study abroad programs and summer camps.

Last year I began work on a research project about Spanish-USA exchange programs that I presented at the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages conference this past November.

Now, after having lived in Spain for almost a decade, it is exciting to be back in the US to share my love of the Spanish language and its culture that I am so passionate about.  I enjoy taking my dog on daily outings to the local park, traveling and reading.

Communication is the key to understanding others, achieving personal goals, and above all, having fun!  Teaching others to have this opportunity is rewarding.  


Sandra Rios

I  am currently a Special Ed. assistant at a bilingual school. I have been in the field of special education working with children TK – 5th, and it is the best job ever!

I have over 5 years experience working with children from newborn – 10 and am currently finishing up school studying early childhood and special education. I am excited to finish to explore further my passions in the field of education.

Aside from working with special needs, I also tutor in Spanish across a wide range of topics. I am a native Spanish speaker from Mexico.

  I am looking forward to working with your children this summer. We will have a lot of fun and I will do my part to make this a memorable experience for all of our campers.


Mildred Martinez

I grew up in Mexico where I  attended university majoring in Business and Hospitality. I am currently completing a degree for Math secondary level teaching at Cal State Northridge.  Over the past few years I have been tutoring children of all ages and levels in math.

 I love working with children and am thrilled to give Kallpachay campers  the opportunity  to learn and advance in their Spanish skills. It is one of the greatest gifts a child can receive because it will expand their opportunities.  

I enjoy traveling, taking pictures, doing crafts and gardening in my free  time.

This summer is going to be a fun and rewarding experience for my campers and I can’t wait to meet all of them.


Marcia Bautista 

I arrived in LA from El Salvador in 2007 and have been a teacher in K- 4th bilingual programs since 2000. I have also worked as an intervention paraprofessional in special education. Last year I was on the resource team at Larchmont Charter Middle School. Next year I will be the lead Kinder teacher at Camino Nuevo charter school. I am finishing the UC San Diego Extension program for credentialing.  

In my free time I like to dance, do zumba, play basketball and soccer too. I love working with kids, especially in Spanish Immersion programs because teaching Spanish and sharing my culture makes me feel at home!!    This will be my third summer teaching as a Kallpachay camp counselor.



Adrian Velazquez

I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, my parents are from Mexico. From as early as I can remember I had an interest in art.  It all began when my uncles gifted me small drawings they made.  I noticed the admiration they received for their talents and was delighted when my art received the same attention.  What began as a simple hobby has become my chosen profession.

In my position as an after school group leader for the past four years I am rewarded by being a positive influence on my students and it warms my heart to know I am paying it forward from my time as a student in the very same enrichment programs.  

Working with children inspired me to switch majors from graphic design to art education.  I am a recent graduate of Cal State Northridge with a BA in Art and I plan to obtain my teaching credential and continue for my Masters in Art Education.  I am thrilled that I can guide others to learn the joys of education through the arts.

In my spare time I like to play sports, practice the saxophone, and read.  

Elizabeth Lopez

I am a student at West Los Angeles College studying child development and plan to be a teacher one day.  My experience working with children started as a volunteer assistant leader at my church where I coordinated group activities and led art and singing with the children.  

I was captain of my High School track team and I still make time to  run, make art and listen to music.  I am very excited to be a part of the Kallpachay support team.  I was born in LA and my parents are from Mexico.  I am fluent in Spanish and Italian.   

COUNSELORS in RANAS : (ages 4-5)
Marcia, Sandra, Elizabeth

Cristina, Mildred, Adrian






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