Our Mission

To equip teachers with instructional tools and training that are grounded in a solid understanding of language acquisition and the belief that connection is at the heart of the human experience.

Our team

Elicia Cárdenas

Director of Training

After partnering with The Comprehensible Classroom for two years as a part-time Curriculum Mentor and trainer, Elicia joined as the full-time Director of Training in 2020. Elicia travels throughout North America to work with districts and organizations that represent teachers who are ready to transform their classroom instruction through Comprehension-based instruction. Elicia is also the founder of the Deskless Classroom.

Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Westminster College

  • Teaching Assistant, MITx Teaching Labs

  • Teacher of grades Pre-K - 8

  • Background in fine arts

Passions:

  • Helping teachers become more equitable educators

  • Skiing and cycling

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Martina Bex

Founder

Martina Bex is the Founder of The Comprehensible Classroom, whose curricula and training materials have been helping language teachers implement proficiency oriented, comprehension based language programs with confidence since 2010. Martina is internationally recognized for her leadership and expertise in the world language teaching profession as a teacher trainer and curriculum developer. A Spanish teacher by trade with experience in public and private schools and at the university level, Martina balances her work for The Comprehensible Classroom with the needs of her five young children, for whom she is the full-time caregiver. Martina has been published in The Language Educator and presents regularly at state, regional and national conferences in addition to consulting with individual districts and organizations. Her newest project for supporting teachers is the Garbanzo App, an interactive library of stories in Spanish designed specifically with language classes in mind.

Experience:

  • Masters' Degree in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture from Syracuse University ('08)

  • Grades 6-12, post-secondary Spanish Teacher

Passions:

  • Helping teachers become more confident in the classroom

  • Outdoor family adventures