Kristin Mejia- 2 year old/3 year old guide, Garden Master, Spanish Garden Club Leader 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 2 year old children. She shares her vigorous love of gardening, the outdoors, and Latin dance, especially Salsa, to young children.
David de Lima- 3 year old/4 year old guide and Gross Motor Lead Teacher David joined The Language Garden Family in 2011. He brings more than 10 years teaching experience. David holds a degree from Universidade Nove de Julho, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He brings the art of capoeira to our community. His capoeira training began 1998, and he has never stopped! He has taught children and adults of all ages, and shares our beliefs that harmonious relationships stems from a strong sense of self and self-respect. He is very well known in the world of capoeira and travels extensively teaching and hosting workshops throughout the United States and Mexico. Locally, his teaching experiences have included programs at the City of Refuge and Globe Academy, as well as, his own business Capoeira Passo a Frente.
Susie Antell- 2 year old/3 year old guide and Art Leader 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.
Loyda Paz - 3 year old /4 year old guide and PreK Lead Teacher Loyda has more than 10 years of experience teaching and caring for young children. She has been part of the Language Garden community since 2010 as a volunteer. Her educational experiences include a BA from University Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia, Georgia Tech University Language Institute, and the Oxford Seminars among others. Loyda shares our beliefs that children strive the most through play and by nurturing their connection with nature and the outdoors. She has an incredible love of learning and a true gift with educating young children.
Leah Cauley M.S. - 3 year old/4 year old guide and PreK Lead Teacher 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.
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.