Leadership

LEADERSHIP

The Board of Directors and leaders of Denver Language School are committed to making DLS the very best school it can be.  Learn more about our leadership team below:


Kathy Benzel

Principal
kathy@denverlanguageschool.org

Kathy has been a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools since 1992. She began her career as an English immersion teacher in Bogotá, Columbia, then became a Spanish immersion teacher back here in the United States, as well as a World Language Curriculum specialist. Her former administration positions include Assistant Principal at Lone Tree and Pine Lane Elementary Schools, and Principal at Global Village Academy in Aurora.

Kathy has traveled the globe for cultural studies and professional development—Spain, England, Scotland, China, Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala and Costa Rica—and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature and Bilingual/Dual Language Education at University of California-Santa Cruz and University of New Mexico, respectively. Kathy and her husband have two sons who are also bilingual.


Doug Seligman

Assistant Principal
Doug@denverlanguageschool.org

Doug has been in either an English teacher or administrator since 1994, first in New Mexico and since 1996, Colorado. His family moved a bit during his formative years so he considers Miami his childhood home.  He has a BA from the University of New Mexico and a MA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Doug was actually in the Czech immersion program while in the Army and graduated with native fluency.  He and his wife live in North Park Hill, and enjoy travel, movies, food, and their two dogs and two cats.  Go Dolphins!


Eva Doblas

Spanish Program Director
Eva@denverlanguageschool.org

 Eva Doblas grew up in Madrid, Spain. She has lived and taught in Colorado for 15 years where she has dedicated her career to language immersion education both at Edwards Dual Language Elementary School and DLS since its inception. She has a BA and MA in English Literature and Linguistics, and she has recently finished her second MA in Education, Administration and Supervision. Eva believes in teaching interactive lessons that engage students and motivate them to learn. She is a great advocate of small group and differentiated instruction to reach students’ needs. Outside of school, Eva stays busy with her 2 children, who are proud DLS dolphins, and her puppy. She enjoys traveling to exotic places, scuba diving, hiking the beautiful trails of Colorado, reading historical fiction and learning to play the piano. Eva is thrilled to continue working for DLS and serving the DLS community in this new role.


Gwen Qin

Chinese Program Director
Gwen@denverlanguageschool.org

Gwen grew up and studied in China. She received her BA with a major in English from Tianjin Foreign Studies University. She went back to school to study elementary education at the University of Phoenix. In China, Gwen had extensive experience teaching across levels, including at the university. After she settled in Colorado, she started teaching Chinese to elementary students at Denver Chinese School and Joyous Cultural Center in 2000. She taught Chinese at Chatfield Sr. High School in the Jeffco School District between 2006 and 2010.  She served as a curriculum writer for Jeffco School District for online and traditional programs.  She joined Denver Language School as a teacher in 2010.  She became the Chinese Program Lead Teacher in 2012 and has been a leader in curriculum development, translation of materials, and assessment development.

In the past years, Gwen has actively participated in professional associations.  She frequently attends training in engaging children in dynamic learning styles. Gwen holds a certificate in Chinese Advanced Placement instruction. Gwen attended Dr. Tara Fortune’s “Full Immersion Language” training in 2010, 2012, and 2014 at CARLA (Center for Advanced Research in Language Acquisition).  She is a certified SOPA/ELLOPA tester. Gwen also assisted in the editing of Chinese textbooks for EMC publishing, participated in the translation of the textbook “Chinese for Beginners,” and has had several articles published in various media. She was co-presenter for an Immersion session at ACTFL in 2011. 


Kendra Lofland

Literacy Specialist/ English Program Director
kendra@denverlanguageschool.org

Kendra has held a variety of positions in Adams 12 Five Star School District, including elementary classroom teacher, reading interventionist, instructional coach, ESL specialist, and also Dean at DLS. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. Kendra is thrilled to lead the growing English program at DLS as we further develop and support great literacy instruction at all grade levels in all languages. She will provide coaching to our English teachers and our immersion teachers in best practices with an emphasis on guided reading instruction, shared reading and writing, and writing across the curriculum strategies. She will also work closely with our ELL specialist and our new English Interventionist to ensure that all of our student’s needs in English Language Development are being met. Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband, two young boys and the beloved Golden Retriever. Kendra is a native of Colorado. Her family loves camping, swimming and biking together.