February 22, 2018

Teacher Bios

Spanish teachers1The Spanish Center Faculty consists of a group of professionals who come from a wide range of Spanish-speaking countries. We also have some highly qualified non-native speakers with extensive experience traveling and studying in Spanish speaking countries. Our students enjoy the variety of accents, perspectives and teaching styles that our faculty offers.

Diego Cerón, a native of Colombia with a degree in Literature, has been a Spanish and Literature professor, as well as a teacher in the Denver Public School system. He has also collaborated with various cultural publications. He has been teaching Spanish at CFU since 1998.

Nina Colburn lived and worked in Mexico City for over 30 years working at the U.S. Trade Office, the U.S. Embassy and other international corporations in Mexico. Nina is 100% bilingual and bicultural and brings a lifetime of experience in teaching not only the Spanish language, but also in mediating, arbitrating and solving cross-cultural issues affecting the workplace. She began teaching Spanish at CFU in 1996.

Cecilia Gowins, a native of Lima, Peru, has been working as an interpreter, translator, and Spanish tutor since 1994. She was the human resources manager at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. for 7 years where she created and conducted cultural understanding workshops.

Gladys Preston, from Colombia, has been teaching Spanish at CFU since 1996.  She has tutored Spanish to business professionals and worked for ten years as a bilingual court interpreter and administrator with the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

Lilia Selenke, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, studied and worked at the Universidad de Guadalajara. She tutored adults in Spanish at the school’s Centro de Estudios para Extranjeros and has been teaching Spanish at CFU since 2000.

Liliana Stevens, a native of Cali, Columbia, has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente in Cali. She has volunteered teaching Spanish to middle school students and began teaching Spanish at CFU in 2010.

Bill Weller has been teaching Spanish at CFU since 1994. He has a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education and teaches in a dual-immersion program at Denver Public Schools. He also worked as program assistant for the CIEE Study Abroad Program for the Universidad de Sevilla from 1990-1994.

Marisol Senecal MariscalMarisol moved to the US from Mexico City in 2002.  After two years in Minnesota she moved to Denver.  She loves sharing language and culture with students.  She has taught at Metropolitan State College, the Community College of Denver, and Windsor Gardens.  She began teaching at CFU in 2014 and currently divides her teaching time between CFU and the Aurora Center for Active Adults.  Marisol is married and has an twelve year old son, Maximo.