Luis began teaching classes in Minnesota in 2004 and founded Rojas Spanish in 2007. He is the Program Director and teaches all class levels, individual tutoring, workshops and leads our children’s program.
His career began in Lima, Peru when he graduated as a Clinical Psychologist from Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal. However, as is typical of a Latin Americans, he has worked and trained in multiple capacities, including; Air Traffic Controller, Pilot and Spanish Professor.
While still at the university, Luis began teaching Spanish to American Expat Missionaries. It did not take long for Luis to find a passion and talent for teaching Spanish. With his guidance and unique teaching approach, his students were able to pick up the language very quickly. The success and excitement of his student led him to decide to take on teaching full-time. Luis’s success as a Spanish teacher extends beyond Rojas Spanish. He has worked with executive companies all over the world, assisting in the growth of these organization’s employees and customer reach.
To date, Luis has more than 35 years of experience teaching Spanish. He uses his academic and clinical experience as a Psychologist to tailor his teaching style to meet the needs of each individual student. Furthermore, he has been able to train other tutors in this same approach. We refer to this approach as “The Rojas Way”.
“The Rojas Way” has become a respected and recognized method of teaching Spanish. With this approach, you learn Spanish in the same way you learned your native language. You learn to understand grammar and expression as sound, as music. This is the pillar of the Rojas Way. We see language as natural, and not academic. We do not use flashcards or grammar worksheets. Luis teaches you to feel the language and integrate it into your life, allowing you to fully express yourself.
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Amanda is the Program Manager at Rojas Spanish. In this role Amanda manages class schedules, registrations, customer service, and program logistics. In 2014 Amanda met Luis as a new Rojas student. Soon after, she began to assist with marketing and the management of social media sites. It did not take long for Amanda to see ” The Rojas Way” was something truly special and she wanted to be more involved. Over the years Amanda has spent time learning about the program and the vision Luis has for developing a unique and personalized language learning platform. In July of 2019 she began working as Program Manager and now plays a role in assisting students to break down the barriers of language learning and reach their full potential. In addition to English, Amanda speaks advanced Spanish.
Carla was born and raised in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. She moved to Dallas, Texas in 2015. Carla began working with Rojas Spanish in 2020 and teaches A1 and A2 classes. In addition to working with Rojas Spanish, Carla is a second grade language teacher at an elementary school in Mesquite, TX. When she is not teaching, she loves to read fantasy books. Harry Potter, The Pillars of Reality and Stormlight Archive are a few of her favorites. Carla love the Spanish language, especially the versatility of the language, “It is a romantic and dramatic language. I love to speak it, read it and sing it! There's always something new to learn”. Carla’s advice for Spanish students - “Watch your favorite movies and TV shows in Spanish, especially shows you have already seen in English. It's like watching your favorite movie for the first time again”. In addition to Spanish, Carla is fluent in English and is learning Japonese.
Elizabett was born in Peru, and now lives in the Amsterdam, Netherlands. She teaches levels A2 and B1. While living in Texas, Elizabett met her husband, who is from the Netherlands. They love to travel together and learn about other cultures – including their own. They have a son who they have raised to be bilingual, he speaks Dutch and Spanish. Elizabett studied Systems Engineering and now enjoys teaching Spanish and piano. Elizabett loves music, including playing the piano herself, reading and spending time with her husband and son. Elizabett’s advice for Spanish language students – “I recommend listening to Spanish music with good lyrics, listening to children’s stories in Spanish, podcasts, news, and the best thing is to travel to Spanish speaking countries, and practice with the local people.” In addition to Spanish, Elizabett is fluent in English and Dutch.
Gonzalo lives in Quilacoya, a small town in the southern region of Concepción, Chile. Gonzalo is one of our newest tutors and currently works with individual tutoring students and assists other tutors with group classes each week. When not teaching Spanish, Gonzalo is a veterinarian with a focus on animal production and ruminants. Gonzalo is a passionate amateur farmer and beekeeper, artisan brewer and lover of music and good spirits! Gonzalo’s advice for those learning the language - “Keep it natural, immersing yourself in the language is the best way to assimilate it. Read in Spanish, listen (and read the lyrics) of songs, try to speak and make all the possible mistakes, perfection will come with time and perseverance”. In addition to Spanish, Gonzalo speaks fluent English, a bit of Italian and is currently learning Japanese.
Kelly is a Peruvian translator and interpreter living in Lima. She teaches many group classes and individual tutoring. Language is a passion of Kelly’s, “I enjoy [teaching] greatly, not only because I have the opportunity to share what I know but I also have the opportunity to continue learning.” Kelly feels the Spanish language is a representation of herself as it is a very expressive language. She enjoys the variety and many nuances that Spanish offers. When Kelly is not busy with work, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, singing karaoke or playing board games. Kelly’s advice for Spanish language students – “Don’t be afraid of talking, we have the language skill, now we only need to connect with the Spanish.” In addition to Spanish, Kelly speaks fluent English, French and Italian.
Paula Andrea Salazar Rubilar is a Chilean, born in the city of Chillán, Chile. Paula leads many of our group classes – primarily Starter and Level A, in addition to individual tutoring. Paula is a graduate of the Universidad de Bío-Bío in Chile, with degrees in Teaching, Social Skills and Labor Insertion. When not tutoring for Rojas Spanish, she is a teacher at a school in the commune of San Carlos, teaching mathematics, history and English; as well as, being in charge of “Convivencia Escolar”. Paula’s advice for Spanish learners - “Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with a lot of versatility and different accents which makes it more interesting to learn. One piece of advice to improve your practice of Spanish is to live it! Enrich yourself with its culture and the diversity of expressions and, most importantly, do not be afraid to speak!” In addition to fluent English, Paula speaks intermediate level Portuguese.
Jorge Ismael Gálvez Tapia
Jorge was born and raised in Lima, Perú. He teaches writing classes in Spanish for students who wish to practice their grammar, vocabulary, and general style. Also, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, located in Lima. In his free time, he loves consuming and overthinking media in the form of series and movies. Jorge’s advice for Spanish language students - “You should start consuming all the media you can in Spanish, especially if it mixes different dialects from different regions and socioeconomic sectors. In addition, you could practice routinely thinking in Spanish, as to avoid the temptation of translation”. Apart from Spanish, Jorge is also fluent in English and knows some basic French.
Lorena was born in Bryan Texas, and was raised in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México - where she currently lives. She is an Architect from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and has a master’s degree in Interior Design from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL). Lorena is married, has two daughters, and a dog. Lorena is an interior design teacher, and creates design projects of her own. Lorena also co-owns a low-carb food family business. She is one of our newest tutors and participates in different levels of group classes. She loves to spend time with her family, cooking and baking (when there’s time), listening to music or reading. Her advice for Spanish learners is – “Be patient, enjoy the process and the language will unfold right in front of you. Listen and get used to the sound of the language, try to think in Spanish, listen to music you like in Spanish, don’t be afraid to speak, relax and have fun”. In addition to Spanish, Lorena is fluent in English and knows advanced Italian and basic French.