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 have taught preschool through adult Spanish and English over the last 17 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 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.”

Margaret VanWylen

Teacher

“¡Hola! Me llamo Margaret VanWylen. I first began studying Spanish in sixth grade and eleven years later it has become one of my passions! I am a recent graduate of Calvin University, majoring in Elementary and Special Education and Spanish. During my time at Calvin I studied in Peru and Spain. In addition to teaching at EdConnect, I have also taught ESL to adults. I love working with adults as they are so motivated! In my free time I enjoy good food, being outdoors, and traveling! Most recently I traveled to Italy where I was able to practice my very elementary Italian. I am a firm believer that new languages can be acquired at any age, which is one of the many reasons I love teaching with EdConnect Language Academy.”

Adriel Morgan

Tutor/Teacher

“It is a great pleasure to be here with EdConnect. I teach Spanish 1 and Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers at Godwin Heights High School, and 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, or tutor middle and high school students for EdConnect.”

Amanda Cisneros
Owner/teacher

“I have taught preschool through adult Spanish and English over the last 17 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 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.”