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Sacramento, CA 95811



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Our Team

Maria Harrington

Owner and Adult and Youth Spanish Instructor

Born in México and raised in the Sacramento area, María completed her degree in Spanish Studies at Holy Names University and later earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Since finishing her master’s thesis on the cultural and linguistic changes experienced by indigenous peoples of Chiapas, México, María formed a small organization called Help Chiapas to bring educational resources to Ignacio Allende, a rural village in northeastern Chiapas. She has also traveled to Spain, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

For the past twelve years, María has been dedicated to fostering love and appreciation for her heritage language and the many Spanish/Latino cultures. She first taught K-5th grade Spanish at Montclair Elementary in Oakland, then worked as an adjunct Spanish professor at Holy Names University, and most recently taught Spanish at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, where she received the Lasallian Educator of the Year award. She started CASA de ESPAÑOL in 2011 and has received high praise from students for her unique teaching style and student-centered curriculum.

Second home: Hidalgo, México

Alex Gomez

Adult and Youth Spanish Instructor

Alex Gómez has been an instructor at Casa de Español for over 2 years. He earned his MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Languages from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. In addition to instructing adults, he has also taught elementary and high school students. He has received excellent reviews for his teaching enthusiasm and techniques both from his students and his peers. Having traveled extensively in Spain and México, he brings a well rounded perspective of both Latin American and Peninsular idiomatic expressions and nuances to help his students understand and appreciate the tremendous diversity in the Spanish language across countries and continents. When he is not instructing, he spends his limited time going on local runs, cooking and training in Aikido.

Esperanza Harrington

Adult Spanish Private Tutor

Youth Spanish Teacher

Esperanza was born and raised in Hidalgo, México. She came to the U.S. when she was 24 and received her BA and BCLAD from Sac State. For the next 20 years she taught in bilingual and Spanish immersion programs in south Sacramento dedicating herself to working with underprivileged elementary and middle schoolers.

Esperanza was instrumental in helping her daughter, Maria, and son-in-law, Johnny start CASA de ESPAÑOL three years ago. Today she is part of the kids’ program, as well as a private tutor.

Second home: Hidalgo, México


Adult Spanish Conversation Coach

Youth Spanish Teacher

Before joining our team in May 2014, Lamia Mezzour-Hodson studied in Spain for five years and received her bachelor’s degree from la Universidad de Granada in Translation & Interpretation in Spanish & French. She also studied one year abroad in Switzerland at the University of Geneva. In Geneva she worked as a substitute teacher in a bilingual school and also gave private Spanish lessons. Then Lamia returned to Spain and while she was finishing her BA, she taught French at a language school and also for a nonprofit organization. Amazingly, Lamia’s Brazilian mom and Moroccan dad met and were married while studying in Poland, so Lamia also speaks Portuguese, Arabic and Polish.

Second home: Granada, Spain