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

Teaching Artist

Isadora Medina

Administrative Coord.

Andrea Lorenzana

Spanish Immersion Coordinator

Yazmín Conejo

Programs Coord. & Professor

Aketzali Chacón

English Program Coord.

Lee Ceh

Social Media Coord. & Professor

Alejo Medina

Spanish Teacher & Teaching Artist

Alilán Catalán

Spanish Professor

Agatha Fukushima

Spanish Professor

Diane Grondin

English Professor

María Fernanda Bolívar

Spanish Professor

Regina Pacho Correa

English Professor

Lucero Mendizábal

Spanish Professor

Gabriela Martínez

Community Events Coord.

Briana Martin

English Professor

Valentina Orduña

English & Spanish Professor