Rev. Carol Rittenhouse, CALL coordinator
My name is Carol Rittenhouse. I have been the coordinator of the CALL program for 3 years. I graduated with a degree in Romance Languages from Olivet Nazarene University (1987), and received a Masters in Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary (2006). I have traveled extensively as a language teacher as well as a volunteer missionary.
In 2015 I began work as a Nazarene missionary on the Mesoamerica Region, specifically at SENDAS. I work in one of the seminary offices helping with various administrative tasks. I also occasionally teach theology classes. It is also part of my assignment to work with visitors to the campus as a guide and advisor and to coordinate Spanish classes through the CALL program.
While we have focused on offering Spanish classes to North American learners, we have begun expanding our focus hoping to offer English classes to Costa Ricans. The ability to offer English classes will be dependent upon how successful our Spanish classes. This is an exciting step of faith for our program – and YOU can be a part of this important growth.
I was raised in Indiana where my family still lives. I enjoy keeping up with all sports. I’m a Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan. I enjoy reading books, studying scripture, and writing devotionals. I also enjoy coffee with friends and exploring new places. I look forward to meeting you!
Gaby Mata, professor
My name is Gaby Mata, I am a teacher of Spanish as a second language. I studied at the University of Costa Rica. Originally, I was planning to work as a Spanish teacher in high school with teenagers, however, after an experience in the United States with a group of international students who were taking classes to learn English, my interest in working with foreign students began, particularly in regards to teaching my language and sharing my culture.
I have 29 years of working in different institutes and schools of Spanish for foreigners. Initially I taught mostly young people, but later I ventured into the experience of working with teachers of Spanish as a second language in the United States. They wanted to become fluent in Spanish and learn more about the Latino culture.
In 2009, God called me to work at SENDAS. I sent my resume offering my services to the Seminary, not knowing that at that precise moment they were looking for a Spanish teacher to work with pastors, missionaries and students from Nazarene universities. I can assure you that it has been a great blessing to work for this institution. There are many memories of wonderful people I have met and who have taught me a lot about the love of God, His grace and the life of holiness.
I have been married for 36 years and have two children, Luis and Fer. As is normal in Hispanic cultures, and given that both of them are currently single, they still live at home. Both of them have jobs. My parents are two wonderful elderly adults, and I have two brothers and 4 nephews.
I live close to SENDAS, which is a huge plus. I like to read, walk and listen to music, particularly to instrumental, Christian and sometimes classical music. I am not a fan of cooking and I love both the mountains and the beach.
Nuria Azofeifa, professor
Hola! My name is Nuria Azofeifa. I am a passionate personal tutor of Spanish with strong spiritual, ethical, and moral values. I am a Spanish teacher with more than 30 years of experience skilled in teaching students from multiple cultures and nationalities with strong spiritual, ethical and moral values.
I have received formal education in advanced English from UNED (Universidad Estatal a Distancia de Costa Rica) and teaching Spanish including grammar, conversation, and phonetics from Escuela de Español Dalfa.
Since 1994 I have worked as a Spanish tutor and have been involved in
teaching Spanish to students of various ages and nationalities both in
person and online. In 2013 I began working for SENDAS as a professor of
Spanish and worked with students from MidAmerica Nazarene University,
Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Point Loma Nazarene University
(beginning, mid-level, and advanced courses.
I have also been a Spanish tutor for Nazarene missionaries preparing for service focusing on conversation and grammar. I like working with CALL because I feel my coworkers are like my family. I also have the opportunity to do what I love, which is to teach and know people.
Aside from my teaching experience with SENDAS I have also been self-employed since 2003 as a Spanish tutor and teaching Spanish as a second language both in person and online.
From 1994-2004 I gained experience as a Spanish tutor and designed and organized immersion activities such as field trips and intercultural festivals. Additional experience includes working with Mission Aviation Fellowship, Little Hands Big Hearts, Light in Latin America (from Switzerland), and Baptist Bible Fellowship.
I live with my husband in San Jose. I have two children and one granddaughter. I like to read, walk, and drink cafecito with my friends.