Señora Demateis
Spanish Teacher
Capistrano Valley Christian School
32032 Del Obispo Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675
United States
Phone: (949) 493-5683
About me
I began my undergraduate work at California Lutheran University. After receiving my BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, my husband and I lived and worked in Brazil. I received my Teaching Credential from UC Irvine and my Masters in Counseling from Cal State Fullerton. I completed a Fellowship at Yale-New Haven Teachers' Institute in the area of Mesoamerican culture.
My husband and I recently celebrated 35 years of marriage and we have three children and a new little granddaughter.
In my free time I enjoy cooking Spanish and Latin American foods such as paella, empanadas and tapas. On the weekends you will find me reading, digital scrapbooking, playing tennis and gardening.
I am very happy to be the new Spanish 1 teacher at Capistrano Valley Christian High School. Teaching Spanish has been something I have enjoyed for all of my adult lifetime. My husband and I have traveled and lived in South America and Spain. We have hosted exchange students from Argentina and have been honored to have friends from Hispanic countries around the world visit with us here in California.
As my students embark on the journey of learning a new language, it is my goal to encourage a love of learning. Spanish language learning is not as difficult as it may seem at first. With dedication, motivation and practice they will be speaking, writing and opening their eyes to a new world of culture and opportunity. More than 400 million people around the globe speak Spanish and being able to communicate in Spanish is becoming important in almost every career. I look forward to working with my students as they build competencies in a skill that will greatly enrich their lives. Students and parents should feel free to contact me at any time.

My links
¡Avancemos! Level 1, Direct Link to Textbook Resources
Geography of Latin America
Tips to Help You Learn Spanish
A great site to learn colors and articles of clothing
Verb Conjugator
Spanish Numbers (Listen and Learn)
Have fun learning colors!!
Practice the Spanish Alphabet
A toolbar for writing Spanish accents