Lina Rincon-Hoover, Preschool Director
Lina has been devoted to early childhood education since she moved to USA. Lina is a Colombian artist, photographer and educator.
She moved to the U.S. in 1999. After living in Tampa, Florida for the first 13 years, she relocated to Frisco, Texas in 2012 with her husband and daughter and now she is back in Florida.
Lina holds a B.A. in Art from Universidad Autonoma del Caribe and certification in Art Instruction from Fundacion Universitaria Bellas Artes, both in Colombia. She also holds a director credential from Texas and Florida, she had her CDA and NAFCA Certification and she has certification in Digital Photography from the University of South Florida. In addition to her formal education, she has taken multiple classes and seminars focused on early childhood
She is highly committed to her vocation because she sees a need for children to have a healthy environment and positive guidance. During times when many parents are working as hard as they can to provide necessities for their families, “I love to be there emotionally for children,” she says. “I want parents to be able to leave their children knowing they are in a good situation while they are at work.”
In addition to directing Spanish Legacy Preschool, Lina has an Art Gallery in Downtown Sarasota where she exhibits her artwork and teach art classes to children and adults.
Mara Jacobs, Language Academy Director
Mara is a seasoned educator who has been formally trained in both Waldorf, Montessori, International and classical methods. She developed a proprietary method to teach language from any age.
When she is not teaching, tutoring or with her school children, Mara enjoys spending time with her husband of 26 years, and her children. On the odd occasion that she has some free time, she enjoys sitting down with a good book, seeing an occasional movie, traveling and entertaining friends.
Myddri Leyva, Preschool Spanish Teacher
Myddri Leyva Escobar has been a Spanish Teacher for over 12 years. She was born in Cuba in 1981, in the city of Santa Clara. In Cuba, she studied a “Licentiate in Letters” at the Central University “Marta Abreu” de la Villas where she later worked as a professor at the Faculty of Humanities for 8 years. In 2016 she got the Master Degree in Theoretical and Methodological Studies of Spanish Today at the same University. During that period, she specialized in the branch of Spanish Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. She published the book “Dictionary of Bantu Terms used in Cuban” as well as several articles related to the semantic changes of words in different magazines. At the same time, she collaborated with the “Easy Spanish School” in New York. In 2017 she moved to the United States.
In that same year, her degrees were given their equivalents as Degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Master of Arts in Spanish earned at regionally accredited institution of higher education in the UE. She worked for two years within the ESOL Program of the Guymon Public Schools in Oklahoma, where she gained her experience working with children between the ages of 4 to 7 years. She also worked as an interpreter for migrant families for the immersion of their children in the schools of Guymon, Oklahoma. Three year ago she moved to Sarasota, Florida where she currently lives. She began working in Manatee County Public Schools. Since November 2019, she has been working for Spanish Legacy Academy in teaching Spanish as a second language for children and adults. Through this Academy, she joined the EAEE staff since last year, working on teaching Spanish to children between 2 and 6 years old. She has completed all the basic studies of the DCF courses to work in childcare. She is also credentialed from the State of Florida to teach Spanish K-12.
Her passion since childhood has always been to teach. Being a teacher is her challenge every day. She loves her island where she grew up, but she also loves her second land that adopted her. She loves to see how children learn the Spanish language of which she is immensely proud to have.
Myddri Leyva has a small family with two children one almost teenager girl and a toodler boy. She loves coffee and her favorite color is pink. Love the peace and joy of all children.
Among her greatest objectives, it is not only teaching Spanish Language, but also educating children to be good persons in the society.