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John Hilliard, President of Paridad
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Laima Schnell

Laima began her career as a high school French and English teacher when her love of the Spanish language and Latino culture blossomed during a stint in the Peace Corps in Ecuador.  Since returning from the Peace Corps, Laima has worked with adults in a variety of settings:  teaching basic work skills and English as a Second Language classes to employees, teaching Spanish to middle and upper level management in manufacturing, hospitality, and health care settings, providing consultation to business that wish to set up in-service opportunities in the work place, organizing a home stay/study program in Guanajuato, Mexico, and teaching Spanish to medical students at Northwestern University.




  • Linguistics

  • Spanish Instruction for Adults

  • Cross Cultural Education



  • Teacher of Spanish, ESL, linguistics, basic skills

  • Educational Consultant

  • Workplace Education Consultant/Instructor



  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, Northeastern University, 1980

  • B.A.,  French and Comparative Literature with a minor in English, University of Illinois, 1973

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