Learn Spanish in Marin County with our multicultural staff

Who We Are

Our teaching staff reflects a diverse range of cultures.
Each brings an individual passion to the language that is shaped by
the Spanish used in their native country and their professional experience.

Solveig Flores

Founder

Solveig is the founder of Solvita Spanish School. Solveig was a teacher and a high school principal in Venezuela. She moved to Marin County nearly 20 years ago and began teaching Spanish, first at the College of Marin, then at various private schools, later at Sol-Spanish in Kentfield (which she founded) before starting Solvita Spanish School in March 2016.

Dana de Ugarte

Professor

A native of Argentina, Dana moved to California three years ago from Buenos Aires, where she was a psychologist. For the past two years she has been teaching Spanish to children and adults in Marin County. Dana likes to hike and indulge in her favorite foods, pasta and Dulce de leche.

Catherine Ramberg

Professor

Catherine is a California native who has taught English as a Second Language for 14 years. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, and along the way studied Spanish in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Mexico. She brings an extensive understanding of grammar and linguistics to help her students in their acquisition of Spanish. When not teaching, she enjoys traveling to Mexico and working in the garden.

Paulina Lua

Professor

Passionate in education, social work and psychology. 8 years ago she started teaching Spanish in a little town in Mexico called San Pancho, in 2014 came to Marin County and discovered Solvita’s School, where immediately felt like home. Teaching Spanish gives her the opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as her own, it’s also a great way to meet interesting people and make new friends. It doesn’t feel like a job.

Olga McKenna

Professor

From Bogotá, Colombia, Olga holds two masters degrees and has a background in government here and in Colombia and in private enterprise, also here and in Colombia. She has been teaching Spanish in Marin County for four years. Olga is a world traveler. When at home she practices yoga and volunteers.

Tim Porter

Professor

Tim is a highly regarded photographer and journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area who has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Mexico. He offers a unique teaching perspective as a non-native Spanish speaker who has learned to survive and thrive in a Latin American country.