about edconnect

Learning through conversation

If you want to learn grammar and conjugate verbs, our classes are NOT for you! (However, if that’s your bag, sign up for one-on-one and we’ll do it!) Our classes focus on learning the most frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures in order to communicate. The philosophy is called “Comprehensible Input” (developed by linguist Stephen Krashen). We use the key structures in context in order to build proficiency and fluency. You will be understanding and speaking in no time…and we promise you will have fun doing it!

Many options for many styles of learning

EdConnect Language Academy currently offers a variety of services to learn and practice Spanish: adult classes, private lessons, tutoring, conversation groups, and on-site workplace instruction. We also offer partnerships with immersion schools, providing language and cultural opportunities for students, parents, and families. We are continually growing to meet your needs, so please contact us for inquiries regarding other languages. We are based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but are currently offering many classes on Zoom. Just reach out!

Amanda Cisneros

Owner/teacher

“I started EdConnect in 2019 in order to connect people through language and culture. I have taught preschool through adult Spanish and English for over 20 years (mostly high school). I LOVE teaching, languages, and just getting to know people. I have a master’s degree in Spanish and a current K-12 teaching certificate from the state of Michigan. I have traveled to Mexico, Spain, Cuba, El Salvador, and Ecuador, both for pleasure and leading student trips. I lived in Spain for two years where I met my husband (who is actually from Mexico). We speak “mucho español” at home with our two young daughters.”

Andie Merkison

Teacher

“¡Hola a todos! I’m Andrea (Andie) and I’m a K-12 certified Spanish teacher with the state of Michigan. When I’m not teaching for EdConnect, I teach MS and HS in Holland, Michigan. I have nine years of experience teaching K-12, college level and adult learners. I love teaching Spanish using compelling comprehensible input through stories, reading, videos, culture, and fun! I have a master’s degree in Spanish and have lived in Spain, Mexico and Chile. I have traveled quite a bit and have led Spanish immersion student groups to countries like Spain, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. In my free time I like to camp, travel, play volleyball, read and spend time with my two little girls.”

Adriel Morgan

Tutor/Teacher

“It is a great pleasure to be here with EdConnect. When I am not tutoring kids or teens with EdConnect, I teach Spanish 1 at East Kentwood High School. I have taught middle and high school Spanish for eight years. My love for the Spanish language stems back to my childhood watching Speedy Gonzales. Later, I took Spanish all four years in high school, earning an IB certificate and the Outstanding Spanish Student award. In the Navy, I traveled to Costa Rica and Spain and minored in Spanish at the Academy. When I am not teaching, I coach track and field, spend time with my rambunctious rabbit, Beamon.”

Patricia Arredondo

Teacher - Movement/Dance

“¡Hola, my name is Patricia! I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I am thrilled to be part of Edconnect! I am a professional Dancer/Choreographer with an international career in the US and abroad. Teaching is my passion! I have twenty years of experience working with students of all ages, from young children to senior adults, in private and public schools in the US, diverse dance organizations in Argentina and the US, plus two years teaching Online classes. I graduated with a Dance Professor degree and I hold a BFA in Dance Performance. I am also a Pilates instructor and I have the Texas Educator Certification in Dance. Learning to dance, or stretching with movement sequences in Spanish will have multiple benefits, not only in your body, working on flexibility, coordination, balance, etc, but also in your brain. When memorizing movement, you develop new neural connection paths that will help your focus, attention, and integration of brain hemispheres. I can’t wait to dance and/or stretch with you!”

Sandra Cueva

teacher

¡Hola, I am Sandra  from Lima, Perú.  I live in Grand Haven, Michigan and travel back to Perú regularly. My degree is in English and Spanish Education and I love teaching languages! I have been teaching for 25 years – in schools, language centers and universities in both Perú and the USA. In 2003, I was awarded the Fulbright School Teacher Exchange Scholarship. I also have a Superior Proficiency Spanish Certification from ACTFL. When I’m not teaching for EdConnect, I teach Spanish and conduct conversation sessions at Muskegon Community College. I also work as an interpreter for medical and governmental interviews. In my leisure time I love traveling, experiencing different cultures and trying new foods. I have visited Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Canada and Switzerland. I enjoy the beach, nature walks, swimming and riding my bicycle with my family.”