Susie Antell, B.A. Arts - 2 year old/3 year old guide Susie is a rare Atlanta native. She joined The Language Garden family as one of our parents in 2011 and then as a teacher in 2016. She holds a B.A. in Art Education with a concentration in jewelry and metal smithing. She loves creating art and is very passionate about teaching and sneaking in the learning through infinite explorations. She has been the guest art teacher at several locations, including the East Atlanta Kids Club and Midtown Lutheran Preschool. She is also the founder of a the famous "Art Attack", a roving art shop for your every art need! Susie and Art Attack have won several awards including the Red Tricycle Best of Atlanta Art Classes and have been featured in Atlanta Parent Magazine.
Leah Cauley M.S. - 2 year old/ 3year old guide Leah comes to The Language Garden with more than 10 years teaching experience. She was awarded her Master’s of Science degree from Georgia State University in 2000, concentrating in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on literacy development. She shares our belief that children learn about and explore the world best through play, and play is the fuel for language development! She has taught in a variety of settings such as the Fugees Academy in Clarkston, GA working with young refugee children, to The Howard School where she collaborated with literacy and math specialists in order to help children with language based learning disabilities grasp literacy, to being a part of the team at The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.
Patrick Croce: BA Theatre, BA Spanish - 3 year old / 4 year old guide Patrick comes to us via the famous Serenbe Playhouse! We are so excited to have him bring his love of nature based/outdoor learning and animated spirit to our children here at The Language Garden. He has multiple years of teaching and sharing his talents with young adults and children. Other special skills include, martial arts, physical comedy, and of course his fluency in Spanish adds to our Spanish experiences for our children. He holds degrees in theater and Spanish from the University of Alabama and Real Centro Universitario Escorial - Maria Cristina, Madrid, Spain.
Abel Arias: B.A. Theatre Arts - 4 year old/5 year old guide Abel was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived in Los Angeles from 2004-2019. He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz and has been teaching improvisation and acting in Los Angeles to all ages since 2010. Abel learned Spanish from his grandparents and has enjoyed reconnecting to his Nicaraguan and Mexican roots. A recent Atlanta arrival, Abel is brand new to the Language Garden team. He is very excited to bring his sense of play, and imagination to El Jardin.
Kristin Mejia: B.A. University of Georgia- Garden Coordinator Kristin joined The Language Garden family in 2015. She holds a B.A. from The University of Georgia and has had the opportunity to live and work in Spain for an extended period of time. She is trilingual, fluent in Spanish, Italian and English. Her life is full of diverse experiences, which brings valuable perspectives needed to guide and shape the lives of our children. She shares her vigorous love of gardening, the outdoors, and Latin dance, especially Salsa, to young children. Kristin is our lead garden guide and keeps us all in the know of plants and insects vital to the garden's health.
Sue Ellen Wortzel, M.Ed.- Founding Director Sue Ellen brings more than 20 years experience as an educator. Along with a small group of pioneering parents, she founded The Language Garden, LLC in 2010. She believes building relationships with as many people as possible is the key to helping communities reach goals that bring about positive social and educational change. She holds an M.Ed. in Reading, Language, and Literacy from Georgia State University. Her love of sharing the gift of literacy and bilingualism drives her work. Before opening The Language Garden, she taught in Heredia and San Jose, Costa Rica, Dallas, Texas and Gwinnett County Georgia Public Schools where she was a classroom teacher and reading specialist.