LADO Family

About LADO

LADO International Institute has been helping students around the world learn foreign languages for over 35 years. The intuitive three­‐step LADO “Total Approach Method” has helped successfully master language while also learning culture, informing foreign language learning with nuance and understanding.

Our Mission

We help our students achieve their dreams by providing high quality English as a Second Language, English for Academic Purposes, and Teacher Training programs inspired by Dr. Robert Lado’s accomplishments in applied linguistics.

Our History

“How boring the world would be if there was only one flower, so how boring it would be if only one language...”
"Language is intimately tied to a man's feeling and activity. It is bound up with nationality, religion, and the feeling of self..."

Some people can change the world...and that was what Dr. Robert Lado did! He changed the way the world learned English.

Dr. Lado was born in the United States but left the country before he began school. As a young adult, he returned and intensively studied English. This experience would inspire Dr. Lado’s life-long interest in the practical aspects of foreign language teaching.

He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate from the University of Michigan, where, in the same year, he became the Director of the English Language Institute.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Lado served as the first Dean of the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University. In 1977 he retired and opened his own language school, LADO International Institute.

Dr. LADO is the creator of the "Total Approach" methodology, one of the most effective methods to learn a language. For over 35 years, this approach has been successfully used to teach millions of students in more than 70 countries.

At LADO we treat you like family
and your family will always care about you!

Our Staff

Francisco Barrera

Francisco Barrera

CEO

Languages:
English and Spanish

Degree:
Executive Masters in Business Administration, MA in International Corporate Law, BA in Law

What do you love most about LADO?
LADO is my special place where I can help people to achieve their dreams. LADO is a school where students work in a multicultural classroom guided by a dedicated group of faculty and administrative staff.

Contact me at: [email protected]

Margaret Lado Schepis

Margaret Lado Schepis

Dean of Academics

Languages:
English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Degree:
PhD in Applied Linguistics

What do you love most about LADO?
What I love most is our successful proprietary Total Approach method of teaching English. I also love the warm yet professional atmosphere in our schools and the dedication of our teachers and staff. We are a family.

Contact me at: [email protected]

Shenaz Shaffee

Shenaz Shaffee

Academic Director

Languages:
English, Spanish, and French

Degree:
Liberal Arts, Management/Records & Information Management & The Lado TEFL Certificate

What do you love most about LADO?
I have the distinct privilege of being a part of the lives our students. Whether it's a shared smile, a vibrant conversation, or an exciting field trip, it is rewarding to dedicate my time towards enriching the learning experiences for our students. It is an honor to preserve the tradition of Dr. Lado's Total Approach methodology and fulfill his legacy of teaching English to the world at LADO.

Contact me at: [email protected]

Vance Blankenbaker

Vance Blankenbaker

TEFL Program Director

Languages:
English

Degree:
BA in Independent Studies, the Politics of Expression and Repression

What do you love most about LADO?
I came to LADO to teach, but had no idea how much I would learn. Over 15 years later, I’m still teaching at LADO. . . and still growing and learning. Best of all, I am surrounded by some of the most thoughtful, intelligent, inspiring people I’ve ever met.

Contact me at: [email protected]

Joycell Johnson

Joycell Johnson

Director Washington DC

Languages:
English and Spanish

Degrees:
BS in International Business Administration, BA in International Studies, TEFL Certified

What do you love most about LADO?
I love the sense of community. No matter your walk of life, everyone is learning and growing at the same time. The support you receive from teachers and staff is absolutely priceless.

Contact me at: [email protected]

Kelvin Hunter

Kelvin Hunter

Assistant Director/DSO DC Campus

Languages:
English, Japanese

Degree:
BA in Japanese Language, Psychology and TEFL Certified

What do you love most about LADO?
I came to LADO as a TEFL trainee, not knowing my life was about to be transformed. I love being exposed to different languages and cultures daily. From the students to the teachers to the staff, LADO is a melting pot of diversity and growth. I'm thankful and honored to be a part of this family. I enjoy coming to work everyday!

Contact me at: [email protected]

Camila Souza

Camila Souza

Assistant Director Silver Spring

Languages:
English, Portuguese

Degree:
Bachelor’s, English and Portuguese Languages – Concentration in English Literature and English Teaching

What do you love most about LADO?
I love that LADO feels like family. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I also enjoy meeting students and becoming familiar with cultures from all over the world!

Contact me at: [email protected]

Celia Contreras

Celia Contreras

Admissions Officer/DSO Silver Spring

Languages:
English and Spanish

Degree:
Bachelor in Architecture

What do you love most about LADO?
Working in a diverse workplace with great people and interacting with students from different backgrounds is a very enriching experience. I enjoy the space I am given to be creative by transferring my skills in different areas of business. LADO makes me grow both personally and professionally.

Contact me at: [email protected]

Brianna Joslyn

Brianna Joslyn

Assistant Director/DSO

Languages:
English, French

Degree:

MA in Global Affairs – Concentration in Global Governance and Public Management,
BA in International Studies.

What do you love most about LADO?

I love being able to interact with people from all over the world every day and help people feel more comfortable in a new country.  I love seeing students grow and feel more confident in their language skills – and I’m always learning from them as well!

Contact me at: [email protected]

Seydick Ramirez

Seydick Ramirez

PDSO/Admissions Officer

Languages:
English and Spanish

Degree:
BA in Information Technology

What do you love most about LADO?

What a gift it is to be exposed to a multicultural environment that has helped me gain fresh new perspectives in life and to work with extraordinary people whose passion is to help our students realize their dreams.

Contact me at: [email protected]

Janete Rosa

Janete Rosa

Ambassador Brazil

Languages:
English, Portuguese

Degree:
BA in English Language

What do you love most about LADO?
I love being part of an organization which makes communication between different cultures possible. It is satisfying to be able to help students break frontiers and travel abroad in the pursuit of their dreams. I also enjoy the friendly and welcoming environment that makes you feel at home when you come to LADO.

Contact me at: [email protected]

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