My name is Maria Elena (Malena) Downes and I am from Monterrey, Mexico. I have taught Spanish for 25 years and this is my thirteenth year at NYOS.
I studied Communications at the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, and started teaching 4th grade at a bilingual elementary. Years later, I moved to San Miguel de Allende, Gto. and started my own bilingual kindergarten.
I love traveling and learning about different cultures, and have always been interested in languages. I lived in London, England 3 years, and Paris for a year.
Learning a language is not easy. It needs dedication, practice, and effort. Everybody can learn other languages, you just need to try!