Meet our Spanish Education and Language Specialists

Brigitte Ruiz, our Spanish education expert, is a teacher who currently works at a school in northern Quito in Ecuador. Brigitte has been devoted to education since 1994. Her daughter, Maria Jose Mejia,  recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a minor in French from Davidson College. Mejia is extremely interested in social justice, community health and nutrition, and education. Together they will be working on the iLearn4free pilot in Ecuador.


Maria Clara Armani, an iLearn4free Spanish education specialist, is an anthropologist specializing in pre-Columbian archeology, and has studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Maria has worked with institutions and magazines that promote the rescue of cultural heritage and transmission of heritage to children. Maria has also specialized in books and education projects for children in English, Spanish and French. Maria currently lives in France.