About Our Team

The Cincinnati Spanish School and Academy are ownded and operated by Speaking of Cultures, a partnership born in Cincinnati with over 25 years of experience in language schools across more than 5 countries. We are passionate about bringing the Spanish language to Cincinnatians of all ages.

We are so pleased to have a brilliant and dedicated team consisting of our Director, Maria Cohen, and our Instructors for both children and adults.

Maria Cohen

Maria Cohen

Spanish Instructor
Born in Colombia. In the U.S. since 1998.
Education: Dentistry DDS. Master in Health Education and Communication.
“I like teaching Spanish because it gives me the opportunity to share my language and culture with adults and children. I enjoy seeing the progress of the students during the span of the classes and their enthusiasm as they grow comfortable with the Spanish language.”

Nilda Araujo Hook

Nilda Araujo Hook

Spanish Instructor
Born and raised in Mérida, Venezuela. I have been living in the U.S. since 2000.
Education: B.A in Business Management.
“ Clearly Spanish has become the second most important language in the U.S. As a native of South American I want to use my special training and ability to teach children and adults to speak and communicate in the Spanish language. I look forward to my students learning our wonderful language and a bit of the culture of Latin America.”

Silvana Palasz

Silvana Palasz

Spanish Instructor
Born and raised in Lima, Peru. In the U.S since 2008.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
“ I am mother of a toddler boy, who is learning Spanish and English. I studied ESL in Lima and Boston, where I resided for 4 years. I enjoy teaching Spanish and sharing a little of the Latin culture in each class. I love my country and enjoy traveling around Peru and the World. My passion is also photography; I love to capture the essence and beauty of every experience I enjoy!”

Miriam Kajomovitz

Miriam Kajomovitz

Spanish Instructor
Born and raised in México City. Residing in the US since 2010.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Psychology.
Miriam teaches classes for both adults and children. She is energetic and enthusiastic, and will make you laugh in class! Outside of teaching, Miriam is very active in volunteer organizations around CIncinnati.
"Since Spanish has become so important globally and in the US, I feel very fortunate to teach this incredible language to adults and children. It’s also a great opportunity to transmit a little bit of our culture and traditions."

Gladys Garzón

Gladys Garzónz

Spanish Instructor
Born and raised in México City. Residing in the US since 2003.
Education: Busines Administration specialized in Marketing.
Gladys has more than 3 of experience as a Spanish teacher, both adults and children.
“Moving to the USA opened a great opportunity to share my native language as well as my culture, I like to see how eager kids are about learning to communicate in Spanish and how curious they are about our Latino traditions, shhh! just don’t tell them they’re also acquiring valuable skills for their future”"

Linda Mendez

Linda was born in Colombia, and moved to the US as a teenager. She is a skilled bilingual instructor with years of experience teaching both children and adults. Linda is a proud mom and a caring teacher!>