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    Gloria Batista

    Spanish Instructor

    Gloria was raised in New York City in a Spanish-speaking household and is bilingual.  Her roots are Puerto Rican and Spanish. She received a B.S. from the University at Albany in political science with a Minor in Spanish and previously worked with the New York State Department of Labor where she translated and interpreted for …

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    Charlene Grant

    Spanish and French Instructor

    Charlene is a Spanish professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.  She is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese and has taught all of those languages at the college level.  She also focuses on Spanish and Hispanic literature and culture; Francophone literature and Maghrebi women writers.  She is a frequent traveler and her positive energy …

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    Rita Hausman

    Latin Instructor and English as a Second Language Instructor for Children and Teens

    Rita Hausman is a NYS certified public school teacher of English with Masters degrees in Reading and English.  She spends her days immersed in teaching English in fun and inspiring ways.  Her love of reading and writing has helped her create engaging ESL lessons for children.   A thematic, organized approach to teaching writing helps …

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    Oudou Sanogo

    French Instructor

    Oudou was born and grew up in the small town of Ziena, Mali in West Africa. After graduating from high school, he moved to Bamako, the Capital, for college. While there he started tutoring both children and adults in French and English and working as a teacher assistant in middle and high schools. He started …

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    Vicki Tremper

    Children's Program Coordinator and French Instructor

    Vicki coordinates all of CRLC’s children’s classes as well as our offsite LEAP! programs for schools, libraries and community centers. She earned a BA in French Language and Literature from Smith College and an MA in International Relations from the University of South Carolina. She spent a summer working for a software company in Paris …

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    Russell Wolff

    American Sign Language Instructor

    Dr. Russell Wolff is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York. He has a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology, a Psychology Specialist degree in School Psychology from Gallaudet University and a doctoral degree from Walden University. Dr. Wolff has extensive professional and personal experience with the Deaf and hard of hearing population in …

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    Quanxi “James” Wu

    Chinese Instructor

    Quanxi has been teaching Chinese for more than 25 years.  He has taught Chinese to elementary school-aged children in China and the US and has shared his passion for the Chinese language with adults as well. Through teaching Chinese, he also incorporates culture and activities that children love, such as calligraphy, drawing, Chinese chess and …

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    Sara Zaidspiner

    Spanish Instructor

    Born and raised in Cuba, Sara immigrated to the United States where she learned English as a Second Language and gained a personal understanding of the difficulties involved in learning languages and navigating new cultures. She studied education, linguistics, and second language acquisition at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. …

Upcoming Classes

Sizzling Summer Shorts & Open House

Open House in Colonie on Wednesday, July 20, 5:00-7:00 PM
6-hour sessions of language classes for adults in Chinese, French, Sign, & Spanish
When: starting August 1
Cost: $240 for the session (no registration fee!)

ESL for Kids & Teens, Colonie

20-hour summer class starts 7/12 for ages 14-16
12-hour summer class starts 7/25 for ages 7-10


Chinese for Beginners, Colonie

Where & When: Colonie, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM
Starting: July 13th (Call now!)