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Native Speaker

Carlos Cruz writes: I was born in Arroyo in Southern Puerto Rico ashore the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico being part of the Commonwealth of the United States. My education was completed through the public system inæmy hometown and then at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and the Fundaci-n Ortega y Gassett in Spain where I earned a degree in Business Administration Managerial Economics. I love travelling around the world and have visited many countries in Europe and Latin America. I came to Boston in 1997 after working several years for the Government at the Puerto Rico Planning Board. In Boston, I had several professional experiences in the Financial and Investment fields for companies such as Mellon and Bank of America. My teaching experience began in 1997 at Berlitz and in 2000 I was nominated Teacher of the Year in the New England District. From there, I started to teach Spanish at Simmons College as well as Spanish for Business and Social Services Professionals at the Harvard Business School. In recent years I have participated in different language programs and taught at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Genzyme Pharmaceutical and Arnold Worldwide, to name a few. I started teaching Spanish at Northeastern University in 2009.

President, Curran Associates International

John Curran is the president of Curran Associates International, which leads seminars in international trade, training New England entrepreneurs, small businesses, and students in the business of importing/exporting.

Larissa da Silva Pereira is a Brazilian Portuguese Teacher who has been teaching since 2011. In Brazil she worked with kids, teenagers and also adults who didn’t have the opportunity to complete their childhood education. The Portuguese Language always fascinated her and teaching was already one of her main goals when she was a child. Larissa has her BA Diploma through UFSC, Federal University of Santa Catarina. She is licensed in Portuguese Language and Literature.

Alexandra Dale is a practicing makeup artist based out of Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating with a degree is Studio Art from Smith College and completing multiple accredited Makeup Artistry programs in Boston and New York City, Alexandra worked as a Senior Makeup Artist at Sephora Prudential for three years, honing her craft and developing a wide range of makeup artistry techniques. As her reputation and professional network began to grow, Alexandra launched her own freelance makeup artistry business, Alexandra Makeup Artistry. Combining her self-taught skills with formal training and a passion for applying makeup, she values feeling beautiful inside and out and is the ideal makeup artist for any project. Currently, Alexandra serves clients throughout New England, and collaborates with stylists, event planners, hair stylists and photographers. Website:

Devon has been teaching different levels of English to immigrant adults in Cambridge, Watertown, and Somerville. She received her certification to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages from the School for International Training in 2013. Devon teaches in interactive, engaging ways that make learning fun for her students. She has a BA with honors from Oberlin College and an MA from Brandeis University. She loves to travel and has lived for a year each in Paris and Barcelona. In addition to her teaching, she has been an advocate for just and welcoming immigration policies.

In her recent Master’s thesis, Davis analyzed setting as narrative technique in Eudora Welty’s short fiction. Since 2012, she has taught writing and American literature at Brookline Adult and Community Education. Her first short story, “When the Pears Are Ripe,” won 2nd place in the 2010 UNH Fiction Contest. A former editor and award-winning columnist for Horticulture Magazine, she has contributed to many other publications as well. She lives in Jamaica Plain and is working on a memoir set in the White Mts.

Luis de Haro was born in Madrid, and is a food connoisseur with a special interest in the complexity and variety of the regional cuisine of Spain. Luis examined and evaluated food and beverage departments of a multitude of hotels in America, Europe, and the Caribbean Basin, from 5-Star Conrad Hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay to Sol Melia in Mallorca, Spain. In his travels through America and the Philippines, he identified the flavors of Spain and the influence of tapas in many of those countries. He believes in a practical and creative way of cooking that engages the cook wanting to explore with quality and healthy ingredients of the Mediterranean.

Lucia Del Guerzo began playing piano at the age four and completed the series of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) at an early age. She began refining her skills in ensemble playing, studying piano duo at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the age of ten. Del Guerzo later entered the San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) as a student of Ava Soifer, where she expanded her ensemble skills to include chamber music and vocal accompanying. She has appeared in master-classes with Frank Glazer, Anderson & Roe, Sir Thomas Allen, as well as various piano ensemble performances in the bay area. In 2010, she performed (Piano I) in the Poulenc's Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos with San Francisco Opera Parallèle's conductor, Nicole Paiment, and the University of California Santa Cruz Orchestra; it marked the beginning of her success in duo piano works with her partner, Diana Chau. Aside from solo and ensemble performances, Del Guerzo was also a rehearsal pianist for 'Seussical' at Cabrillo College, and the production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Astoria Music Festival. An active collaborative pianist, Del Guerzo is also a music educator for various ages. She was previously an instructor at the Portrero Hill Music School in San Francisco. Currently, she teaches at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Page Music Lessons in Boston. 

Del Guerzo received her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Cameron Stowe and Jonathan Feldman; Bachelor of Arts from University of California Santa Cruz, where she studied with Mary Jane Cope, Patrice Maginnis, and Brian Staufenbiel.

LICSW & Co-Author, Our Bodies, Ourselves (2011)

Joan Ditzion, LICSW, is a Founding Member of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and co-author of all eight editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves including the 2005 edition Our Bodies Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era and Our Bodies Ourselves, Menopause (2006). A geriatric social worker, committed to positive aging in the second half of life and raising awareness about women's issues through the life cycle, Joan is a frequent presenter in a variety of settings and an adjunct faculty member of Lesley University. Joan is a Life Planning Network Board member.

Jim has been teaching the Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan at the Center since 1987. He is a senior student of Tai Chun Pan, who learned Old Frame Yang style Tai Chi Chuan from Grand Master Hsiung Yang Ho. Old Frame Yang preserved the rarely-found San Shou, sword, saber and staff forms, in addition to the more commonly known basic form and push hands. He coordinates the other students of Tai Chun Pan who teach at the Center.

Katy Doughty fell in love with language learning as a student. Since earning her TEFL Certificate from the Boston Language Institute, she has taught ESL in Boston and South Korea. In addition, she holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Originally from Texas, she now resides in Somerville.

Lifeworks Career & Life Design

Kendall Dudley's been teaching life-story writing, art journaling, and career and life design at CCAE for years! Also on the Board and its Education Committee, he and others constructively dream about the future of CCAE. In private life, he's a consultant with LIFEWORKS Career & Life Design where he offers individual counseling as well as seminars and special events for organizations, retreat centers and universities. He presents regularly at national career and therapy conferences and at Harvard and Lesley Universities. A recipient of several arts grants, he's orchestrated many public art events that focus on social justice issues of the day. A grad of the Wharton School (BS) and Columbia University (MA), he got his best schooling in the Peace Corps (Iran) from which he is still learning.



Brookline-based artist Sean Dunstan-Halliday was born in Brooklyn, New York. Sean received his BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in fine art from School of Visual Art in New York City. Sean's work is inspired by nature and the different human perspectives we have about the natural world.  



Jeremy Durling began to draw and paint from the figure at the age of sixteen through a high school dual enrollment program. He received an Associates Degree from the Mount Wachusett Community College with a concentration in painting under John Pacheco. He moved on to Massachusetts College of Art, where Nancy Mccarthy and Christopher Chippendale would become his mentors. It was at Massart that Jeremy first studied with George Nick. Massart's prestigious George Nick prize allowed Jeremy to spend 5 months seeing Europe and studying in Florence. He graduated from Massart with a BFA in painting in 2009, and continued his lessons with George independently. He studied with George for a total of four years. Jeremy is represented in Boston by the Sloane Merrill Gallery.