María Menéndez

Founder and Principal of eSpacool
Spanish Immersion Teacher

E-mail: maria@espacool.com
WhatsApp: Chat with me!

Office Hours
Mon. – Fri. 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Central European Time (CET)

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¡Hola! My name is María Menéndez and I am proud to introduce myself as a Spanish teacher and the founder of eSpacool, my new online Spanish school for young learners.

For almost two decades, I have been teaching Spanish, and I have had the opportunity to work in person with students all over the world, from Europe and Asia to South and North America. I spent 11 years working in bilingual programs in schools across the United States.

I am a fully certified Spanish and elementary school teacher, and I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education, bilingual and ESL teaching endorsements, and a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Research in Education. Likewise, I am also an accredited examiner from Instituto Cervantes, Google Certified, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

I was born and raised in Asturias, a small state on the north coast of Spain. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you definitely need to add it to your bucket list – Asturias is a breathtaking paradise full of gorgeous beaches, stunning mountains, and delicious food.

Thanks to the proximity of Asturias to Northern Europe, I moved to Ireland in my 20s, and this was the beginning of a journey that took me wandering the world for many years. This allowed me to make countless friends from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, and become a more empathetic and open-minded human being.

“Being able to speak more than one language has really expanded my world and given me access to a greater range of personal and professional opportunities.”

When I finally returned to Spain in 2021, I wanted to use my experience and knowledge as a Spanish teacher to help children learn Spanish all over the world. That’s why I created my own online Spanish school for kids… and eSpacool got its start!

María Menéndez

Founder and Principal of eSpacool
Spanish Immersion Teacher

E-mail: maria@espacool.com
WhatsApp: Chat with me!

Office Hours
Mon. – Fri. 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Central European Time (CET)

LinkedinGo to InstagramGo to Pinterest

“Being able to speak more than one language has really expanded my world and given me access to a greater range of personal and professional opportunities.”

¡Hola! My name is María Menéndez and I am proud to introduce myself as a Spanish teacher and the founder of eSpacool, my new online Spanish school for young learners.

For almost two decades, I have been teaching Spanish, and I have had the opportunity to work in person with students all over the world, from Europe and Asia to South and North America. I spent 11 years working in bilingual programs in schools across the United States.

I am a fully certified Spanish and elementary school teacher, and I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education, bilingual and ESL teaching endorsements, and a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Research in Education. Likewise, I am also an accredited examiner from Instituto Cervantes, Google Certified, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

I was born and raised in Asturias, a small state on the north coast of Spain. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you definitely need to add it to your bucket list – Asturias is a breathtaking paradise full of gorgeous beaches, stunning mountains, and delicious food.

Thanks to the proximity of Asturias to Northern Europe, I moved to Ireland in my 20s, and this was the beginning of a journey that took me wandering the world for many years. This allowed me to make countless friends from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, and become a more empathetic and open-minded human being.

When I finally returned to Spain in 2021, I wanted to use my experience and knowledge as a Spanish teacher to help children learn Spanish all over the world. That’s why I created my own online Spanish school for kids… and eSpacool got its start!

Education and Credentials

National Education University

2022

Master’s Degree in Innovation and Research

Master’s Degree in Innovation and Research

National Education University

2022

UDIMA Madrid Open University

2017 – 2018

TESOL Endorsement

TESOL Endorsement

UDIMA Madrid Open University

2017 – 2018

Florida Department of Education

2012

Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate

Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate

Florida Department of Education

2012

University of Colorado

2007

Bilingual, ESL and Multicultural Education

Bilingual, ESL and Multicultural Education

University of Colorado

2007

University of Oviedo

1998 – 2001

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education

University of Oviedo

1998 – 2001

Would you like to read more about my professional background?

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Would you like to read more about my professional background?

Visit my Full Resume or Let’s connect on LinkedIn!

Your child will learn Spanish without even realizing!

My creative lessons get my students excited about learning Spanish.

At eSpacool, I believe in using a creative and fun approach to language learning. I aim to connect emotionally with my students and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that helps them develop a deep understanding of the Spanish language and culture.

Fun and Interactive

Your child will walk away after each class with the memory of having had a great time while learning. Every class is a fun experience!

Personalization

Every child is unique in their own way! That’s why I use a variety of instructional strategies and activities to meet your child's needs and interests.

Creativity

My lessons are meant to inspire my students! I boost creativity through activities like role play, crafts, music, dance, and storytelling.

Social emotional learning

I value your child's social emotional wellbeing! That’s why I apply teaching strategies that foster self regulation, self esteem, problem solving skills and a growth mindset.

Communication + TPR¹

My goal is for your child to communicate effectively and with confidence in Spanish. I combine language instruction with physical movement to maximize learning effectiveness.

¹ Total Physical Response

Cultural awareness

Language and culture are connected! My students learn about other people's values, customs and beliefs, this helps them learn how to love, and appreciate those different from them.
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Spanish Language Programs

by María Menéndez

I offer a variety of Spanish programs tailored to meet the needs and interests of your child.

Whether your child prefers personalized One-on-One classes, hands-on experiential learning through our Enrichment Club activities, or Group classes that offer the opportunity to learn and have fun with his/her peers, I have a program that will suit your child.

Do you have any question? Ask us!

I understand that you have many options when it comes to choosing a language school and I hope to be able to help you make the right decision.

I am here to help and answer any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out, and I’ll be happy to assist you in deciding if eSpacool is the right fit for your child’s Spanish learning journey.

Office hours

Mon. – Fri. 09:00AM – 05:00PM
Central European Time (CET)

I am here to help and answer any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll be happy to assist you in deciding if eSpacool is the right fit for your child’s language learning journey.

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    FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Get more answers by visiting our FAQs page

    Do I need to attend class with my child?

    While it’s not necessary for a parent or guardian to attend class with their child, we do recommend that you stay nearby in case any technical issues arise, particularly for our younger students.

    From time to time, there may also be some activities that require adult supervision, especially in our Enrichment Club. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to give you plenty of advance notice if this is the case. Thanks for your support!

    What does my child need for the online classes?

    To participate in our online classes, your child will need a few key things:

    • A desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with a webcam.
    • Headphones with a microphone (recommended).
    • A stable internet connection.
    • A quiet, well-lit space to participate in the class

    By making sure they have these things, your child will be set up for success in their online learning experience. Thank you for considering these requirements!

    How to access the online class?

    Our classes are hosted on Zoom’s video conferencing platform. A link will be provided once payment for the class has been confirmed. That link will stay the same for the duration of the program.

    If you don’t already have the software installed on your computer, you can download it here. Browse their support center if you have any questions on how to use it. 

    How do you ensure the safety of my child while online?

    At eSpacool, we always prioritize the safety of our students. Only those parents or guardians who have registered their child and paid for the classes have access to the link to the class. The link to the class is personal and should not be shared with anyone else. We ask that you keep it safe and not share it under any circumstances.

    Additionally, we have a strict policy against inappropriate behavior during class. If any issues arise, we will address them immediately and may remove any offending students or users from the class if necessary.

    Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and respectful learning environment for everyone.

    Do you record the classes?

    Yes, we do! We record all of our lessons for quality control and to provide students with the option to catch up on missed classes (this only applies to our group programs). If you need access to a recording, just let us know, and we’ll be happy to provide it to you.

    If you don’t want your child to appear in the recordings, you can simply turn off the webcam during class. We don’t post these recordings anywhere unless we have your permission. Please, make sure you agree to this before making your booking.

    What happens if my child misses a class?

    Enrichment Club and Group programs

    If your child misses a class, don’t worry! We have recorded lessons available for students to watch at their own convenience, so they can catch up on any missed material and stay on track with their learning.

    If you need access to a class recording, just let us know, and we’ll be happy to provide it. This way, your child won’t fall behind in their studies and can continue to make progress in their learning. Thanks for considering this!

    One-on-one classes

    Unfortunately, we don’t offer reschedules. However, if we have availability during the same week, we’ll do our best to find a spot for your child. Keep in mind that this is subject to availability, but we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

    Do you offer a discount for siblings?

    For our Enrichment Club, siblings are welcome to join in at no additional cost – it is one price for the whole family!

    For our online Group classes, siblings are welcome to join the same class, but they will need to pay for their spot. We do offer a 10% discount for siblings attending the same course, so be sure to let us know if you have multiple children interested in joining.

    To make sure each child gets the most out of the class, we recommend using separate screens for siblings attending the same course.

    Let’s talk!

    Testimonials

    I feel very lucky and privileged to work with wonderful students and families!

    Read the beautiful comments they say about me.