Kris has been the lead programmer for Voces Digital since 2010 when Skip McWilliams, the owner of Teacher's Discovery, dropped an Exploratory Spanish textbook on his desk and asked him to "put this online." More than a traditional programmer, Kris does not just build the tools in Voces: He works closely with teachers and students to find out what tools they really need to improve the World Language classroom.
As the lead content developer, Erin works closely with language teachers, native speakers, and other creative people around the world to develop the Voces curricula. When not working on content development, you may find her at a conference or talking with a teacher who uses Voces. With a background in English, creative writing, and cultural anthropology, as well as experience teaching at all levels, Erin is able to orchestrate projects, connect people, and communicate clearly to achieve new, cool things.
As a Curriculum Manager, Hannah is excited to work with native speakers and teachers to help develop the Voces titles. Being fluent in French has also provided Hannah with some unique experiences that have helped her understand the needs of world language teachers, which she uses to create the Voces curricula. One of those experiences was teaching an English class in France for a year. She also continues to teach ESL in her spare time.
Lorena Gisela Ojeda
As the Director of Sales for Latin America, Lorena is excited to connect with EFL teachers who want to bring new and unique experiences to their students by incorporating Our Storyscape into their classrooms. She holds two Bachelors, one in English Teaching and another in English with a major in Literature and Linguistics. She also holds a TESOL certificate. Her vast teaching experience in Argentina and in the USA has allowed her to understand the needs of EFL teachers in terms of creative content and activities for 21st-century students.
Neall is the Assistant Developer at Voces. He works on ensuring everything runs smoothly, hunting down and recreating any errors brought to our attention. He also spends time working on new features to implement, and meeting with teachers for walkthroughs or tech support calls.
Rebecca Tompsett has been a high school teacher of EFL and Spanish for over 20 years. She has taught EFL in Venezuela, and Spanish in her home country Trinidad and Tobago, at the International School of Port of Spain. She loves to engage students with culture - be it from her travels and studies around Latin America and Spain or from her native Caribbean islands. Rebecca has received a new language teaching “lease on life” from learning about Comprehensible Input and putting it into action in her high school Spanish classes. Using Voces’ Nuestra historia was a huge part of that. She is really excited to be working on the new EFL series, and has also contributed activities to Nuestra historia.
Lauren was asked to join the team to help write stories for our textbooks in 2021 after her own ebook writing was noticed by Voces Digital. Drawing on her experience as a teacher, she plans and drafts each story she writes carefully to incorporate level-specific vocabulary and grammar – all whilst trying to maintain a sense of creativity and fun in her words. Lauren has worked in the EFL and EAP fields for over ten years in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to this, she also worked for companies such as HarperCollins and the BBC. She has a masters in TESOL and she is currently just finishing her DELTA qualification.
Brian Wasik is a current English Foreign Language Teacher in Spain and contributor for the Our Storyscape series. He has utilized Voces' Comprehensible Input curriculum in the past for his Spanish classes in the US and is always looking for innovative ways to incorporate it in his praxis. He is most interested in putting students first in the foreign language classroom and allowing them the feeling of ownership of their education. He also loves tapping into his personal experiences to include authentic cultural aspects in the foreign language classroom. Outside of teaching and designing curriculum, Brian loves to travel, play piano, learn Italian, and explore new parts of Madrid!
Silvia Tucci is a Spanish teacher in high school for levels 1, 2, and 3 in Texas who has always been passionate about languages. Originally from Italy, she previously taught Italian and French in Virginia and Maryland. Over the past 4 years, she discovered and implemented comprehensible input methodology in her classroom and she enjoys keeping her students engaged with content that is most relevant to them.
In the last 5 years, she has been teaching and assisting ESL students in her school. She enjoys using stories, cultural content, and authentic resources to enhance the learning experience of her students. In her work with Voces Digital, she has made contributions to Our Storyscape and to Nostra Storia 1.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her children, and exploring Texas in a camper van.