Lisa Zajur of Spanish Academy & Cultural Institute - Midlothian, VA
Lisa Zajur developed the Awaken the Spanish Within Language and Cultural Training programs to help people understand the Latino culture, while learning to speak Spanish in an easy, fun, and practical way.
Using a whole brain approach to learning Spanish, Voice Tonality system of learning, has been proven to increase language comprehension and retention, and was developed by Lisa to accelerate the learning process.
She has been an educator for 35 years holding a degree in education, specializing in communications, and curriculum design. Clients such as U.S. Coast Guard, Bank of America, Capital One, Bon Secours, and many others have connected with the growing Latino community through the energetic style of training offered in the Awaken the Spanish Within courses. These unique training courses offer industry specific Spanish with cultural training on the Latino culture, and have received the Rising Star Award from the American Business Women's Association. The courses have been highlighted in MarketWise Federal Reserve Magazine, Hispanic Trends Magazine, Richmond Magazine, Associated Press, Richmond Times Dispatch, Puerto Rican Herald, and on the Hispanics Today show.
Lisa designed Passport to Education Bilingual Leadership Mentoring Programs that empower Hispanic students with the educational tools necessary to succeed in school, and is the Director of Passport to Education Programs for the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. These programs are held in the elementary, middle, and high schools. The Passport to Education Initiative of the VAHCCF is to keep Hispanic students on the path to higher education and skill sets certification.
She has worked with over 100,000 students throughout Virginia Schools, performing the Awaken the Spanish Within for Kids Cultural Show, and is an author of the bilingual children's book, Pinata Story, co-authored with her husband, Michel Zajur. Lisa and Michel have been married for 31 years and have 3 children.
Lisa has served on numerous boards which include: Ideas Station PBS, Bon Secours St. Francis Advisory Board, University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies Dean's Advisory Board, Urban League, Boys and Girls Clubs, World Wide Marriage Encounter, ChildHelp USA, Children's Museum, Network of Enterprising Women, and National Association of Women Business Owners. She was honored with the Community Legend Award from the EEOC Urban League, and is a requested guest speaker for many events and organizations.
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