Meet Our Teachers

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Our Teachers

Trained, fluent both in the language and the culture they teach they understand how you or your child learn and what’s the most successful way to teach language. Caring and invested whose objectives are your success we chose for their history, experience and personality as well as for their skills. We love them, we know you will too..

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Patty Lizarraga

Spanish and English since 2013

Patty loves teaching because it is so rewarding to see the thrill of young children get from learning, seeing their proud faces when they learn a new word and being able to repeat it. She believes children are our future. And each child is unique.
She particulary enjoys teaching them the songs she learned while growing up.
She always compliment children by telling them good job and saying I like the way you work.
She likes working in Savoir Faire because we are like a family we help each other.
While not working she enjoys spending my weekends as a family going to her son’s soccer games.


Zoila Norwood

Spanish since 2000

A full credential teacher from Peru she has been teaching with us since 1999. She is one of the master teachers who helped in writing the Spanish curriculum for Savoir Faire Language Institute. She has experience in teaching all levels. Kids and adults absolutely love coming to her class. Very patient, passionate and always prepared she creates magic in her classroom. One of her students told us: “Be aware, when you or your child sit in her class, you will not want to leave!”


Christine Woods

German since 2001

he started working for Savoir Faire in March of 2001. She moved with her family to the US in summer of 2000 and used to work in Germany teaching English at all levels to adult students. She has always enjoyed teaching very much and love to share German culture and funny little stories about her country.
Working for Savoir Faire gave her the opportunity not only to teach adults but also children. She is now teaching all levels to adults as well as children and enjoys both equally as much.


Nancy Salvidar

Spanish preschool since 2014

Nancy is the happiest when surrounded with her little peeps. Native Spanish speaker, she started as an assistant working in preschools as she was going to school. These experience determined her future, and we are delighted to have her in our team. While maintening a safe environment, she focuses on the proper developemnt and growth of her little students. Time with her is always fun and nurturing.


Ruixing Guo

Chinese preschool since 2016

Graduated from University of Southern California and from Yanshan University, China, Ruixin majored in Chinese-English, during which time she had many opportunities to work closely with young children. She loves working with children. Her previous experiences in China and in the US taught her the importance of being hard working, detail oriented, open minded and more importantly that the more she cares for her students, the more successful they will be. She brings her strong communication skills as well as an unlimited enthusiasm to her class. Ruixion looks forward to meeting all of her students and to bring them closer to fluency.


Sylvia Kennedy

Spanish since 2016

Sylvia González Kennedy is a long time bilingual (Spanish and English) school educator. She attended UCLA where she earned a credential and ultimately a Doctorate in Education. She enjoys creating lessons that are motivating to her students so they can achieve second language success. She is quick to adapt to her students’ needs to bring out the best in them as they become responsible for their own learning. She has decades of experience in curriculum development, teacher training, and translation. She was born in Spain, and lived in Morocco and Brazil before coming to the United States. Her history motivated her eldest daughter to teach English in Japan and work abroad as a diplomat. When not in the classroom, Sylvia enjoys crossword puzzles, reading, painting ceramics, knitting, and walking her dog.

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Fanny Raphaneaud

French since 2017

Fanny walked into our office looking for a way to share her language, culture, and her love of children. She started as a substitute, and when our French preschool teacher left, she naturally moved into that position as a permanent teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1973, and after working in the corporate world for most of her life, she decided she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. A mother of 5 and grandmother of 7, she gently guides her little students through the challenges of learning French. They love her! There is some magic about her… lots of love, and experience!