MEET THE TEACHER
Juan Lopezdabdoub, the owner and instructor of iSpeakSpanish Kitchener Waterloo, is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.
Juan has taught Spanish, Visual Arts and Media in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Kitchener to children in the School system and to adults in his private school and other locations.
In September 2000, Juan opened El Estudio, Spanish Language Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with the purpose of securing a working position for himself with a flexible schedule that would allow him to pursue his career as a visual artist. Juan taught Spanish and shared his passion for the language with hundred of students in El Estudio for 12 years until he closed the academy to move to Edmonton and subsequently to Kitchener with his family.
When you learn Spanish with Juan,
you are not supporting a business but you are nurturing the soul of our community and helping fuel the artistic and cultural engine of our city.
Santa Clara, Cuba. 2007
"I have always been fascinated by how the language that we speak affects the way we perceive the world. What is real to people in South America, may be absurd for Canadians and vice versa. I love to bring the cultural component on the Hispanic world into class because it is not possible to have a true feeling of a foreign language without understanding the perspectives, values, traditions, and customs of native speakers."
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About the painting bellow:
Venezuelan military and political leader, Simon Jose Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios Ponte y Yeiter, commonly known as Simon Bolivar, played a key role in the Hispanic American successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is considered as one of the most influential political figures in Latin America.
Bolivar's political legacy has been massive and his figure is very important in South American political life. Equestrian statues of Simon Bolivar mounting Palomo, his famous horse, and holding his sword in a stance of war are common monuments in all Latin American central plazas and parks.
Standing one day at a door in Trinidad, Cuba,
I saw this "former revolutionary" man passing by in his way to the plaza. Seeing me there taking photographs of street scenes, he stop his donkey and looked straight at me as if asking, "What the @#$%^&... do you think you are doing there taking photographs of people without asking?" He reminded me of Simon Bolivar mounting his horse Palomo.
Don Simon. Juan Lopezdabdoub. Mix media on canvas and board. 2011. 47" x 30"