Faculty & Staff


 

Jouveth Shortell

Jouveth Shortell

Founder

Jouveth Shortell is a Venezuelan native and holds a B.A. in Education: Pedagogy Science from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and a M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Jouveth has taught Spanish in formal, bilingual school settings and in informal tutoring environments. Her passion is promoting multiculturalism, which she does by leveraging experiences from her multicultural background. Jouveth believes firmly that true social change occurs through multicultural experiences leading to acceptance of other-cultural identities and cultural pluralism. A first step towards multiculturalism is the acquisition of a second language which serves as a bridge into a new culture and promotes sensitivity, respect, and a desire for further experience.

Jouveth Shortell has been blessed not only with teaching children Spanish for the past 9 years, but also with the opportunity of raising two bilingual daughters. Her journey of teaching a foreign language began when they were very young. It was an easy and exciting journey since they learned in a practical and natural environment. Jouveth’s daughters were her “Guinea pigs”. She was able to learn first-hand experience what could work or not work when teaching and learning another language. She was also able to practice and improve teachings methods and approach. Having been raised in a Spanish-speaking country, Jouveth consider very important to teach her daughters not just Spanish, furthermore traditions and culture.
Her Journey began in 2009 when Jouveth developed a two year music and movement program called ABC Spanish In Motion. By 2011 Jouveth had produced and recorded eight Spanish seasonal music Cds. Making the music a central part of her curriculum, music that addresses native animals, foods, instruments and of course Caribbean rhythms. Jouveth then turned her passion of education into writing each of the songs in every CD, taking care of every detail of executing and producing every CD. Jouveth considered herself being blessed to have such a great musical team, which include a Berklee instructor, a Berklee graduate, and several vocalist and musicians who both play their Latin-infused rhythms locally and tour other animals.

By 2014, Jouveth had successfully trained a group of 10 wonderful Latin American instructors who were teaching the program in about 40 schools throughout the Boston area. ABC was until then a mobile program. Jouveth felt the need to find the right place to be able to store materials trained instructors and teach her program. And she found a wonderful location in Newton in Massachusetts.

Today, Jouveth embarks in a new entrepreneur adventure, what she calls Spanish Immersion Montessori School, a dream come true! SIMS is the result of a vision and desire to provide an effective Spanish program in a prepared environment that invites learning. Combing 100 + years of proven education with language immersion for cognitive and social benefits.
Jouveth’s passion for cultures is shared today with her two favorite people, her daughter with who she loves spending time traveling, exercising, and listening to Spanish music. Jouveth enjoys practicing meditation, mindfulness and Pilates and of course dancing salsa with friends!!

Jouveth is currently enrolled in the Montessori early childhood teacher preparation course, which leads to Montessori certification under the auspices of the American Montessori Society at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center (NEMTEC).

Blanca Alsira Alvarez

Blanca Alsira Alvarez

Director and Lead Teacher

Blanca Alsira Alvarez is a native of Guatemala City, Guatemala and the eldest of five children. A resident of the United States for the last twenty years, she has been a Montessori preschool and toddler educator for the past eleven years.

Following an initial career in accounting, she was drawn to education, beginning as a nanny, graduating from an ESL program, and obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts Bay Community College. In July of 2009 Alsira became a trained and certified Montessori Teacher from the American Montessori Society, obtaining an associate and early childhood credentials. Alsira completed practicums in both the LAB School in Wellesley College and the Wellesley Montessori School where she taught for four years. In 2012 Alsira was offered a great opportunity at the Fessenden School, a non-Montessori school in Newton, where she worked with preschoolers and applied Montessori teaching methods.

In 2015 Alsira pursued another opportunity to work with toddlers at the Newton Montessori School and return to a Montessori environment. Currently she is very excited to take the reins of Director and Lead Teacher of Spanish Immersion Montessori preschool. Both inside and outside of the classroom, Alsira is free-spirited, fun and loving. She loves reading, traveling and dancing salsa.

Rosnilka Peña

Rosnilka Peña

Rosnilka was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, where she lived until winter of 2009. After her grandparents decided to move to the United States, her mother and she decided to move to this country since they have always been very close to each other. They settled in the State of Massachusetts. Before moving to USA, Rosnilka was a full time student pursuing a Psychology degree. It was very hard for her at the beginning to leave everything behind and adjust to changes, especially moving to a Country with a different language. As soon as she established herself in the city of Boston, She started looking for English programs and by the beginning of 2010, she was taking English Classes in Roxbury Community College.

In January 2011, she started working with Infants, Toddlers and preschoolers in an Education Center. Months later, She was working as a Teacher assistant in a Infant/Toddler classroom. In summer of 2013, She started taking classes in Urban College of Boston in order to get her degree in Early Childhood Education. By the beginning of Fall, She was Teacher Certified and started working as a teacher of an Infants class. By February, She obtained her EEC Certification as a preschool teacher. She started working, in the same program, as a Preschool teacher on April 2014 until April 2015.

On April 2015, Rosnilka took a new opportunity in a Spanish immersion program as a Preschool teacher. This was very exciting for her because, for first time, she had the chance to start teaching in her own language, Spanish. It was a great experience to work in that school from April 2015 until Dec. 2016.

While working at school the bilingual preschool, she got her EEC lead teacher certification and therefore, her Director II License. She also got her Certificate in Early childhood education and is currently taking classes at UCB in order to get her Associate. Living in the United States has provided her with opportunities to grow and develop, both in her personal and professional life.

Rosnilka is committed with my families to work on and promote de growth and development of each child. She is aware that the first years of children are vital on their development and feels very glad to help, along with the families, the child develop socially, emotionally, fiscally, and cognitively. She loves working with children because they allow her to access her silly, imaginative and uninhibited side. They give her the opportunity to spread some of the positive lessons and gifts. She has received throughout life, and learn from a totally new and awesome perspective. She really loves watching a child progress and feels honored to be part of their growth.

Her greatest passion is to travel; to learn about and enjoy other cultures. She enjoys every trip to the fullest and tries to always engage in conversations with the people from the places she visits in order to learn more about their country and culture. She also enjoys roller skating and spends most of her free time listening to music.
Rosnilka is looking forward to get to know the new families and children she will be working with. Will be a pleasure to be part of Spanish Immersion Montessori School.