My name is Maria Elena (Malena) Downes, I am from Monterrey, Mexico. I have taught Spanish for 25 years, and this is my twelfth year at Nyos.
I have lived in Austin 23 years.
I studied Communications in the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, and started teaching bilingual 4th grade elementary, later I moved to San Miguel de Allende, Gto. and started my own bilingual kindergarten, it was a great experience.
I have a daughter and a four year old grandson J
I love traveling and learning about different cultures, and was always interested in languages, so, I lived in London, England 3 years,and Paris for a year.
Learning a language is not easy. It needs consistency, commitment and effort. Everybody can learn other languages, you just need to try!