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Our Founder

Michelle Ruiz

Michelle is the founder and principle instructor for Espáñate Professional Spanish Lessons. Michelle was born in Malaga, Spain and aspired to teach and help enrich the minds of students for as long as she can remember. In 2005, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Málaga in Spain. Following her graduation, she began her career as an English and Spanish professor in Spain, helping students and kids to comprehend, write and effectively communicate the language throughout everyday life.


After gaining experience as a professor in Spain, Michelle decided to take a leap of faith and made the bold decision to leave her small town of Malaga, Spain. She first traveled to China and following her enlightening trip, later moved to New York City. Michelle had always dreamt of sharing her love of the Spanish language with the world, and as a bilingual teacher the opportunities were boundless in her new city. In 2014, Espáñate was launched to provide kids, students, adults and businesses the opportunity to learn Spanish in a comfortable, creative and conversational manner. Since that time, Michelle has assisted many individuals and families to finally put into practice what they never understood from books and school.

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