Non-Profit and Language School in Portland, OR

At Edúcate Ya, we welcome everyone to participate in our programs and to be a part of them as employees, volunteers, teachers, helpers, learners, etc.
All of us together give meaning to our name “educate yourself now!”
Thank you for visiting us and I hope we can meet in the near future! ¡Muchísimas Gracias!

-Rafael Arellano, Founder and Executive Director


Rafael Arellano-Barrera : Executive Director / Spanish Instructor

Rafael Arellano-Barrera

Executive Director / Spanish Instructor

Rafael was born in Cuernavaca, México, the City of the Eternal Spring. He started teaching Spanish when he was 16 years old and is still doing it at Edúcate Ya. He received a BA in Pastoral Ministries from Marylhurst University, and did his graduate studies in Theology at Mt. Angel. He has been an advocate for education among Latinos, has offered opportunities for those that are interested in learning Spanish and about Latino cultures, and has provided the opportunity to study abroad.  He has a MA in Spanish Literature and has taught in four community colleges in the Portland area.  He is the founder and executive director of Educate Ya. Some of his hobbies are: Going to the theater, live concerts, the beach and reading.
Sara E. Geonczy Millán : Executive Assistant

Sara E. Geonczy Millán

Executive Assistant

Sara helps coordinate Edúcate Ya's language classes and community programs. She is half-Colombian, half-Hungarian, and loves to connect with part of her culture through working with Edúcate Ya. Sara enjoys learning, playing music, being outdoors, and gardening, among other things.
Ada Garcia : Spanish Instructor

Ada Garcia

Spanish Instructor

Ada was born in Havana City, Cuba, where she started studying English at Havana University, but later decided to change her major to Biology. Sometime later she moved to Spain, where she lived for more than 10 years. In 2011 she moved to Portland to be close to her family and resume her studies in Biology at Portland State University. Her love for her mother tongue brought her to Edúcate Ya, where she started teaching Spanish in October, 2012. From March to October you can find her the last Saturday of every month volunteering as a crew leader for Friends of Mt Tabor Park Weed Warriors (‘’come and join us!’’, she says). She also loves nature, hiking, photography, art, traveling, attending Death Metal shows and, of course, her career, among many other things.

Indira Funk : Spanish Instructor

Indira Funk

Spanish Instructor

Indira Funk is from Barranquilla, Colombia and currently studies in Portland State University. She is working on getting her degree in World Languages (specializing in Spanish) and linguistics, along with a TESOL (Teaching English As a Second language) certificate. She's a word nerd! When not studying, she enjoys teaching Spanish, dancing, and spending time with her family. She hopes to see you soon as a student at Edúcate Ya!

Cory Latimer : Spanish and English Instructor

Cory Latimer

Spanish and English Instructor

Cory Latimer started working in Edúcate Ya in June, 2016 after spending almost seven years living and working as an ESL teacher in Bogotá, Colombia. During that period he studied Spanish extensively, both formally and independently, and managed to secure a spot in the certificate course 'Teaching Spanish as a Second Language' (La enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera) in the prestigious Spanish Language Institute Caro y Cuervo, despite the high number of applicants. After passing the course, and being certified as a ELE teacher (Spanish as a Second Language teacher), Cory returned to Portland to be close to his family. Cory enjoys hip hop, intelligent conversations and anyone who is a decent human being.

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