Our team consists of teachers and language experts who fulfill the most rigourous qualification requirements. 

Background check available upon request

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Gabriela N. Anderson (Gabrielle), Lead Teacher

French, Italian, English/ESL, Test Preparation

European Studies, Homeschooling (multiple subjects)

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Gabrielle teaches most of the subjects listed under the DL  programs. She  has studied English, French, and Italian since childhood and started her teaching career in 1992. Her background is international: born in a Greek family, she grew up bilingual-French in Dobruja (a Black Sea zone that became part of Romania in 1919) and studied Romanian at the University of Bucharest; she relocated with her family to Italy (Naples) where she studied Italian language and art; and she acquired U.S. citizenship in 1997. Gabrielle holds a Master of Arts degree in European Studies/International Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Philology (Foreign Languages and Cultures). She is certified in English (George Washington University, D.C.), French (France Langue, Nice), Italian (Centro Italiano, Naples), and Romanian (Universitatea din București, Romania) and holds certifications in multiple subjects from WyzAnt/Texas, Georgetown University, and The George Washington University, Washington D.C. (2004). In Washington D.C. she trained and tested diplomats through Inlingua School. Besides living in Italy, she worked/resided temporarily in Bucharest, Paris, London, Barcelona, Oslo, and Quebec City for linguistic and cultural studies.   Between 1991-2009 she also studied Classical Painting in Capri (Italy), Dallas (Texas) and at the National Academy of Art, New York City; and she studied Theatre/Modeling, Ballet, and Flamenco in Naples (Italy), in Washington D.C. and at 92nd Street Y’s Dance Center in New York City, in order to add these arts to the Homeschooling programs of DIPLOMAT Languages school. Gabriela is also an accomplished translator; she translated novels for Colosseum Publishing House (Romania), poetry for ALTA (U.S.A.), and business manuals for Open University Business School (U.K.). Currently she is enrolled in online courses at the University  of Sorbonne (Paris, France); her hobby is to write stories and make drawings for an anticipated illustrated book for children.


 

Clients: University of Texas/ALTA, Verona Marble (TX), Open University Business School (UK), Inlingua language school; The Conservative Party of Texas, Green Briar, Hoisington Enterprises, and numerous private clients.

Translation: English and French fiction under the pen name Ela Scorcealov for Collosseum Publishing House (novels by Anita Brookner, Barbara Cartland, Philip Roth, Janet Dailey, etc); published poems in the International Notebook of Poetry.

Conference (simultaneous) interpreting: Ernst & Young, UNICEF, Eureka International Conference, U.S. State Department, The Pentagon, U.S. Department of Commerce, DiaMondo Conference Interpreters; Georgetown Hospital, legal offices and courts in D.C. and Maryland.

Contracting with: WyzAnt.com, Global LT, Elite Test Prep School, Club Z, TakeLessons, and Language-School-Teachers.com

 

Certified in teaching:

French, Italian, English, English as a 2nd Language, SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL, SSAT, STAAR, ACT EXPLORE, ILR testing,  Grammar, Literature and Culture, Romanian, Arts, History (World, U.S.), Writing, Public Speaking, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Bible Studies, Psychology, Philosophy, Government and Politics, International Affairs, Business/Marketing, Human Geography, Drawing/Painting, Translation/Interpreting; Special Education: ADD-ADHD and Dyslexia (Montessori and Orton-Gillingham methods).

 

Credentials:

  • Master of Arts degree in European Studies/International Business (Italian and French certifications), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, coursework at Georgetown University, Washington D.C
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Philology, University of Bucharest, School of Philology, Romania. Coursework and practice in Child Psychology
  • Language and culture studies: The Italian Center (Naples, Italy), France Langue (Nice, France) and The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK)

 

Current and past affiliations:

Association Montessori Internationale, American Montessori Society, Interagency Language Roundtable, American Philological Association, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Alliance Française of Washington D.C., American Literary Translators Association – University of Texas, Open University Business School, Motivation Charity, The Philological Society

Our Team

The DIPLOMAT Languages Inc. team consists of  independent contractors who run their individual programs serving national and international clients. Our teachers and language experts are verified and receive training for each contract acquired through our firm.

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Erika Barragan, Teacher (independent contractor)

Spanish, European Studies

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Erika teaches Spanish in the European Studies Program.  She has worked as a college teacher since 1985. providing French courses at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She was born in Bolivia, and is highly-experienced in tutoring Latin-American Spanish and European Spanish dialects. She has earned her Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She has also worked as a freelance translator and has taught Spanish to executives and administrative staff at Motorola Plants in Florida. She has travelled through Europe and South America and has been exposed to different cultures and Latin dialects.

 

Jared Lynch, Teacher (independent contractor)

Russian, German, European Studies

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Jared teaches Russian and German in the European Studies program. He is an Honors graduate from the Department of Critical Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington where he completed his undergraduate studies in Russian and German (Magna Cum Laude). A native of Southeast Texas, Jared has also lived in Voronezh, Russia, where he completed his Diploma in Russian Language and Culture at Voronezh State University. Jared has also studied Ukrainian as well as Eurasian cultures. He works as a freelance translator/ local expert for East-European websites and is active as a Russian/German interpreter.

 Translators and Consultants (English to/from target-languages) 

Alberto Silva: Portuguese

Erika Barragan: Spanish, French

Gabriela Anderson: French, Italian, Romanian/Moldavian

Jared Lynch: German, Russian

Julia Zieger: Italian, German

Marcelo Perez: Spanish, German

Nina Kaminski: Russian

Ross Costa: French

Solfrid Ellingsen: Norwegian

Tina Monzó: Spanish

 

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Former students are welcome to use our complimentary Q&A language service and to maintain their connection with us through our yearly Book Events, European Foods Events, and Art Events.

 

Tutoring commute: Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Grapevine, Plano, Colleyville, Westlake, Keller, Highland Park, University Park, Frisco, McKinney, Flower Mound, Irving, Arlington, Las Colinas, Coppell, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Richardson, Preston Hollow, Lakewood, Northwood, Bent Tree, Denton, Louisville, Grand Prairie, etc.