THE LANGUAGE & CULTURAL CLUB
Spanish Immersion Program for Children

OUR TEAM

Dolly Bermudez is the founder of The Language & Cultural Club (TLCC) and the Program Director of Tic-Talk Spanish, Maryland (TTS-MD). 
 
Dolly was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and she holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from UIA Mexico and a Bachelors Degree in Marketing & Advertising from UJTL Colombia. She has lived in Maryland since 2008. She is a wife and a mother of two awesome kids, who are fully bilingual.​
   
After working in corporate finance in Bogota for several years, and traveling extensively with her family, she has volunteered in different private schools and got involved actively in HCPSS since 2008, Finally, in 2013, she decided to follow her passion and found her own business, TLCC. This organization is currently providing enrichment classes in 12 area schools and bringing our Spanish program to many more across Maryland and the US.
 
She loves to travel and be with her family and friends. She is an active volunteer for initiatives that support women, education and diversity.
 
    
 

Dolly Bermudez
Founder &
Program Director
TLCC




Natalia Giraldo is a bright, dedicated, and jovial community leader.
 
She has a Bachelors of Arts in Arabic Studies at University of Maryland, where she received the Award of Academic Excellence through the Office of Multi-Ethnic Education (OMES) in 2015.  In addition to Arabic, she speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and English. She loves working for the community, and was appointed as the chairperson for the Howard County Head Start Community Action Council in 2014.
 
She states that teaching Spanish with The Language & Cultural Club has been one of the most rewarding experiences, because this language will give our children the opportunity to transcend barriers.
 
    
 

    


     Natalia Giraldo
​Head Teacher
Marta Caicedo
Marta was born and raised in Santiago, Chile where she studied tourism and hospitality management. She moved to Maryland in 2001 with her two daughters who are now in college.
 
Before coming to teach with us, she volunteered with schools, a church newsletter, health care initiates for Latinos, and a women’s shelter, using her Spanish to bring awareness and aid the community.
  
Marta is passionate about working with children and encouraging second-language learning to create opportunity and diverse and multi-cultural safe spaces. She is happy to be working with The Language & Cultural Club. She says being able to work to form an environment that is welcome and engaging for children as they learn and have fun, is very rewarding.
 
 
 
    


 
​Head & Back-up Teacher
​Giovanna Carbonaro
​Head Teacher

Giovanna has been part of TLCC since 2013. She had enriched our program with her experience in bilingual education.
 
Born in Peru and with an impressive background in Linguistics and bilingual Education, she is always creating awareness of Latin Culture and implementing work material to the curriculum. Before teaching with us at TLCC, she taught Spanish at Howard Community College to intermediate and advanced level students. She also has been a Spanish tutor. Children love her classes!    

She states “there is nothing more rewarding than to see a child when he or she says something in Spanish and realizes how easily they can say a word that sounds totally different from their mother tongue. I must say the Tic-Talk Immersion program offers a quite detailed curriculum where language acquisition is built around culture, connection and community in order to create awareness not only for the language but for the speaker.
 
    

  

    
 
    

​Rosa Giraldo
   
Rosa was born and raised in Colombia, where she studied Architectural studies at Catholic University in Bogota.  She moved to Maryland in 2006, and she studied English at Howard Community College, where she received a recognition award as the Hardest Worker in English studies in 2009.

Rosa is a proud mother of three smart young ladies, each of them speaking more than 3 languages.  She is a firm believer of bilingual education and she enjoys a lot working with children.  She likes reading and traveling with her family.
 

 
    
Assistant Teacher

   


Alicia is a smart and talented young student who is a freshman at Towson University. She volunteers as an editor and a classroom aide when she is available or during winter break.  She is fully bilingual (English - Spanish) and she helps with classroom tasks and engaging activities.
   
She enjoys working with children and shares her artistic skills with our students.  She is one of our very enthusiastic volunteers who makes it very easy and fun to learn Spanish.
 
Alicia Martinez
​Student Volunteer