Our teachers are a diverse group who come from all over the world including Chile, Peru, China, Colombia, France, Japan, India, Germany, Puerto Rico and Taiwan. Many have degrees in language and education and years of experience in teaching. Many are parents themselves and experience personally the joys — and challenges — of raising bilingual children. They all have a passion for sharing language and culture with children and their families.
Khawar Business & Strategy
Khawar oversees the Sponge business and team. He has over 25 years of experience working in the software industry and is currently focused on expanding the Sponge Method of language learning and bringing it to new students in the Greater Seattle and beyond. He enjoys traveling to far corners of the world, occasionally dabbles in oil painting, and is a fan of all types of science fiction.
Heike Curriculum & Teacher Management
Heike hires, trains, and coaches our teachers. She develops our curriculum and ensures that each session is at its best. Heike brings over 15 years of teaching experience to Sponge, with learners of all ages. Her passion is in creating a springboard to lifelong language and intercultural learning. When she’s not working, you’ll find Heike gardening, traveling, reading, or with family and friends.
Natsumi Elementary Programs Lead, Japanese Teacher
Natsumi is the Sponge Elementary School Programs lead, responsible for all aspects of our elementary and pre-school programs and also teaches Japanese classes. She has studied in Japan, US and Barcelona. She loves cultures around the world as well as seeing the delights on children’s faces. In her free time, you’ll find her making jewelry, doing Zumba and ballroom dance.
Diana Spanish Teacher Lead
Diana is from Colombia before she moved to Seattle with her husband and two boys 14 years ago. She has a bachelor degree in Marketing and Advertising and was a former Marketing Manager in a technology company in Colombia. She’s a Spanish teacher in Sponge for 8 years. Diana loves watching movies with her husband and hiking friends, Zumba classes and walking her 3 ½ years old German Shepherd dog.