|Meet Our Language Instructors
Clara Gonzalez has been teaching Spanish for over 20 years, including 10 years for Rec & Ed. She was born in Bogata, Columbia, Sra. and received her BA in Sociology and Spanish from Eastern Michigan University.
Clara enjoys teaching Spanish because she feels that learning a foreign language is like opening a door to another culture. She draws on her own experience in learning a second language to help her students feel comfortable acquiring new skills.
What Clara's students are saying:
"A great way to refresh your Spanish skills or in my case, to begin learning the Spainsh language."
- B. Campbell
"Sra. Gonzalez was funny and informative. She made the class a relaxing environment to learn a language."
- D. Hatch
"Excellent instruction! Great way to practice mastering a second language."
- L. Duquette
"Clara taught to a variety of different levels at once. The workbook was excellent."
- C. Goodman
George Hinman - lived and studied in Germany for 7 years. While there, he taught German to service men and women for the Department of Defense while attending Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He has a Masters in German Language and a PHD in German Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He possesses several years of experience teaching German in classrooms and privately.
What George's Students Say:
"I found the instructor to be very knowledgeable and personable." J. Sager
"Mr. Hinman did an excellent job teaching a group that ranged widely in ability." J. Joyce
"Very good instructor. The class time flew by." N. Reyes
Alice Chang is a native of Taiwan and came to the US in 1987. She holds a Masters degree from Purdue University. She has been teaching Chinese language classes for Rec & Ed since 2004.
What Alice's students are saying:
"Alice is a wonderful teacher. I really enjoy that she incorporates Chinese traditions and culture into the language study."
- W. Hawkins
"Mrs. Chang is very knowledgeable and always has something funny to say."
- R. Wilson
"Hard language to learn but Alice makes it fun."
- R. Stoner
"This class was an excellent introduction to Chinese. The teacher gave a good understanding of the fundamentals."
- T. Lebow
Kiyoe Ise came to this country as a visiting student over 40 years ago. She has taught Japanese language classes for Rec & Ed for 15 years.
What Kiyoe's students are saying:
"I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the teacher as well as her ability to write the English transliterations of the Japanese words. She was fun and very patient and kind."
- M. Federbush
"I was impressed with how much I learned in this class! Sensei Ise was knowledgable and fun and moved us through the lessons quickly. I am excited to continue next semester."
- K. Lortz
Stephanie Wichmann teaches ESL classes. She holds a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and currently teaches English as a second language to adults in the community education, and college settings. She also teaches English Composition at a local college.
Stephanie has a B.A. in French and is currently finishing her Masters in French Language.
What Stephanie's students are saying
"This class was a good way to improve my English pronunciation and I feel it has helped me in my work during the day. I liked the ability to ask questions and share experiences with other students."
- P. Cammas
"The atmosphere was comfortable to learn. The teacher was patient to explain things and respond to our questions."
- E. Rumman
"I would recommend the classes to anyone who wants to improve and learn. The teacher is very helpful and has a good sense of humor.
- R. Chavez