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Second Grade Teachers

          Geovany Landzaat was born in Colombia, South America.  She came to the USA at the age of 10 to meet her adoptive             parents in Los Angeles.   She lived through the challenges of being an English learner.  After entering college, she                       realized that Spanish was really part of a deeper passion - a passion for language.  She studied both Japanese and                     Spanish.  She chose Spanish Language and Literature as her major because she wanted to learn more about her                       Latin-American roots and its rich culture.  She graduated in 1999 from California State University of Northridge.

           Her first teaching position was in the Los Angeles Unified School District as an English as a Second Language Adult                   Educator.   In 2006 she received a teaching grant from the Education Department of Andalucía, Spain where she                       taught      English to children from Kinder to 6th grade.  It was there that she decided to obtain her Elementary School               credential upon returning to the USA.  For the last three years, she has taught Transitional Kinder - she is passionate                 about planting the seeds of love for learning in these youngsters!    She also enjoys sharing her love for language and               admiration for cultural diversity with her students.

           Geovany enjoys living in a multicultural, multilingual family.  She is happily married to a Dutch man and has a 12 -year                                                                    old daughter and a 5-year old German shepherd lab mix.  She enjoys salsa dancing, cooking, traveling and having                                                                            friends from all over the world come over to her home.  She considers herself a Global Citizen.




María Bernadette Peterson was born and raised in Windsor, California. She was in the second graduating class of the bilingual immersion charter school in Windsor, Cali Calmécac Language Academy. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Biology. She has eight years’ experience in natural resource management in Sonoma County and seven years’ experience as an exclusively bilingual substitute teacher at Cali Calmécac Language Academy. Although she is very passionate about protecting our natural resources, she realized her heart was in teaching and decided to become a teacher. She will begin a teaching credential program in January, 2017 to pursue a multiple subject credential. She is an asset to CCLA with diverse experience, strong ties to the community, tech knowledge, willingness to help others and love of teaching young children. She enjoys re-discovering with her daughter, enjoying diverse foods with her husband, playing board games with girlfriends and meditating while gardening.






Maureen Promis was born in Santiago, Chile, but grew up in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She later moved to Tucson, Arizona during her high school years, and attended Northern Arizona University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Later she obtained her Master’s degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education in 2006. She taught in Tucson, Arizona for 15 years before making the move to California in the summer of 2017 to be closer to family. Maureen is married, and has 2 boys: Nicolas and Matias. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, tennis, gardening, trying new restaurants and traveling. She feels fortunate to be part of this wonderful community and school as she aspired to teach at a bilingual school, and looks forward to new adventures, experiences and memories to be made here at CCLA.