Originally from Mexico City, Lupita Kozieja has lived in the US for the past 50 years and moved from Las Vegas to Savannah eight years ago.
She is a very busy woman. In addition to managing a house-cleaning business, Lupita also caters meals for a variety of local organizations including the delicious “authentic Mexican” monthly breakfasts hosted by the Metro-Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; she creates and sells beautiful faith-based jewelry and bracelets she calls “gracelets”; and in her spare time, she also paints and crochets beautiful, elaborate shawls and sweaters.
She also offers language classes in both English and Spanish.
“My Spanish classes are held at 8 p.m. every Monday night at the M.A.P.A. Church (Ministerio Apostolico Profetico Alabanza) at 112 Oglethorpe Professional Court in Savannah off Mall Boulevard,” she said. “I provide all the worksheets and materials.”
Lupita's classes are a little different from other ESL programs in that she focuses on conversational Spanish.
“Other teachers can get hung up on grammatical rules and verb tense,” she said. “But when I work with my students, they speak to me in English, then I correct them so they learn to speak basic English and be understood. We don't worry about perfection or speaking the King's English. My goal is to make them effective communicators. This makes them better employees and more valuable to the companies they work for.”
Lupita asks for a small donation ($5 per lesson) from her language students.
“It's not about making money, it's about commitment,” she said. “When someone has a financial investment, even a small one like this, they take things much more seriously. And I am very serious about helping them improve their lives by learning to speak English.”
Lupita also offers Spanish tutoring to local students who want to improve their conversational Spanish.
For more information, please call her at 912-247-4311.