Vanessa Bertelli

Vanessa Bertelli

Executive Director and co-founder

Over the last six years, Vanessa has engaged in education advocacy, policy and research. For the past three years, as the Executive Director of DC Immersion, she has led an effective organization which has shifted the paradigm around bilingual education in DC. Prior to that, Vanessa advised private sector companies, not-for-profits and inter-governmental organizations on legal and managerial issues.  She holds a law degree from Université de Lausanne, a masters of laws from University College London and a master in business administration from INSEAD. Vanessa speaks five languages and has three kids at Washington Yu Ying PCS. vanessa@dcimmersion.org

Jimell Sanders

Jimell Sanders

Director of Engagement and co-founder

Jimell is a federal employee by day and a force for civic good the rest of the time. She currently works as a Health Systems Specialist for the Department of Defense and has over 15 years experience in the fields of healthcare and clinical research. She received her Bachelors in Anthropology from Emory University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ashford University. Jimell has developed a strong commitment to improving her local community , specifically education opportunities, through her work with local nonprofits. She lives in ward 7 and is the joined at the hip with Layla a Houston Elementary DCPS immersion program student. jimell@dcimmersion.org

Linsey Silver

Linsey Silver

Director of Communication and Design

Linsey is an award winning graphic designer, part-time design educator, bilingual publications expert. She is an expert in bilingual typography and has worked with many national and local non-profits in the areas of health, early childhood development, education and global affairs. Linsey is a mother of two students at Tyler Elementary DCPS (Dual Language strand). linsey@dcimmersion.org

Sara Arranz

Sara Arranz

Director of Education

Sara is the Dual Language Coach at Tyler Elementary DCPS, CityBridge Innovation Education Fellow, DCPS Leading Educator and mother of soon to be two LAMB PCS students. Sara, a native of Castilla, Spain, came to DCPS with a wealth of teaching experience. She has worked extensively in developing bilingual curricula and in training other language teachers. sara@dcimmersion.org

Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen

Volunteer Coordinator

Tam is a young professional, who currently works for a bi-partisan consulting firm on Capitol Hill.  Previously, she spent two years teaching ESOL, Reading Intervention, and Adult ESL.  Tam graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2013 with a Master of Public Policy; and, Rice University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in Political Science and French Studies.  During her formative years, she attended French immersion public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Tam speaks French and Vietnamese and has limited proficiency in Spanish. tam@dcimmersion.org

Chanae BROWN

Chanae BROWN

Outreach Coordinator

Chanae is a newcomer to the International Education field, who recently graduated from a Master’s degree in International Training and Education at American University. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University, she taught English to children and adults in Japan for one year. Chanae hopes to work on providing multilingual and multicultural activities for children in low income, urban areas. chanae@dcimmersion.org