Vanessa Bertelli

Vanessa Bertelli

Executive Director and co-founder

Prior to becoming engaged in education policy and advocacy, Vanessa advised private sector companies, not-for-profits and inter-governmental organizations on cross-border M&As, EU media regulations, corporate social responsibility, and management and organizational structures.  She holds a law degree from Université de Lausanne, a masters of laws from University College London and an MBA from INSEAD.  Vanessa speaks five languages and has three kids at Washington Yu Ying PCS. Vanessa can be reached at 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 soon to be Houston Elementary DCPS immersion program student. jimell@dcimmersion.org

Sara Arranz

Sara Arranz

Director of Education

–  Sara is a Spanish Immersion teacher at Cleveland 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. Follow her on Twitter at @PKExploradores  sara@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 three students at Tyler Elementary DCPS (Dual Language strand) linsey@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

Anna Lapera

Anna Lapera

Research Analyst

 Anna holds Masters degrees in Latin American Studies and Community & Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. She has worked with youth in a variety of capacities, including working as a community health promotora, facilitating workshops in Baltimore City and the Peruvian Amazon, teaching in a Spanish heritage language program at the University of New Mexico, and most recently volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Unaccompanied Refugee Minor youth in DC.  Anna grew up in a bilingual and multicultural household and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Teaching with K-12 Spanish certification at American University. anna@dcimmersion.org

Brett Voeltz – Research Assistant Brett is a research assistant with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages. With a passion for multilingual education he has lived, studied, and worked abroad in Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and Kosovo while learning the respective languages of each country. He is looking forward to seeing the way dual immersion programs can grow and develop throughout DC with a particular interest in less commonly taught languages. brett@dcimmersion.org