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Brenda is is the main teacher at the Spanish Learning Center, SLC.   She is from the highlands of Guatemala in Huehuetenango.  She lived in Guatemala most of her life. 

She began learning English in 1983 when she came to Oklahoma for an exchange student program.  Later, she attended the University of Alabama to further her English studies and to take courses in Nutrition, after obtaining a scholarship from the USA government.   Brenda returned to Guatemala, where she taught English to Spanish speakers at the National University in Guatemala City as well as Spanish to English and French speakers through private instruction.  She also spent many years providing nutrition counseling in the poor, rural villages of Guatemala while working for government institutions and NGOs.   She also worked as a dietitian and nutritionist in different companies in Guatemala City.  Brenda received a postgraduate degree in Food and Nutrition Security in The Netherlands, after obtaining a scholarship from this country.  She was completing a Master's degree in Public Health in Guatemala when she decided to move to the United States.

Since coming to the U.S., 18 years ago, she has been teaching Spanish.  At this point, she has 30 years of experience teaching Spanish and English, either to small or large groups, or to private students.   She knows the subtleties of each language and culture. 

Brenda also studied Spanish Linguistics and English-Spanish Translation at ASU.

Brenda Saenz-Summers

Main Instructor

At the summit of Volcan San Pedro in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala

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