About Us


Habla is a Spanish Language school and cultural center in Merida, Mexico, committed to connecting people across languages and cultures. At the core of Habla is a group of dedicated educators eager to share their knowledge and passions with the ever-growing Habla community.



The Habla Difference

Defining the Habla Way

Habla co-founders and directors Kurt Wootton and Marimar Patron are widely recognized as leading educators in literacy, language, and arts integration education with decades of experience under their belts. The husband and wife duo left their careers at Brown University to open a Spanish language school and cultural center in Merida in 2009. They built a creative space where education, language, culture, and the arts come alive.

First and foremost, Habla is a lab school where students and educators from around the world come to study and share innovative practices to integrate literacy, language, and the arts in the classroom. Our annual Habla Teacher Institute hosts educators from around the world every summer. Kurt, Marimar, and several Habla teachers have traveled near and far to teach the Habla Method in school districts worldwide.

When you come to Habla to learn Spanish, you can feel confident that you will be studying in a safe, encouraging environment with a team of some of the most highly qualified, passionate teachers around. Want to know more? Read what our former students have to say about learning Spanish at Habla.




Our Team

Meet the team!

Marimar Patrón Vázquez

Habla Co-Founder & Director



Kurt Wootton

Habla Co-Founder & Director



Ana María Flota

Habla Coordinator



Tommaso de Silvestri

Creative Director



Isadora Medina

Administrative Coord.



Alejo Medina

Programs Coord. & Professor



Yazmín Conejo

Programs Coord. & Professor



Aketzali Chacón

English Program Coord.



Lee Ceh

Social Media Coord. & Professor



Allison Russell

Community Events Coord.



Agatha Fukushima

Spanish Professor



Diane Grondin

English Professor



María Fernanda Bolívar

Spanish Professor



Regina Pacho Correa

English Professor



Lucero Mendizábal

Spanish Professor



Andrea Lorenzana

Spanish Immersion Coordinator



Briana Martin

English Professor



Valentina Orduña

English & Spanish Professor



Rodrigo del Río

Spanish Teacher



Karla Chalé Can

Cooking & Maintenance



José Olegario Cetz

Grounds & Maintenance




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