Foreign Language Tutor

Mari Rodriguez

  • Middle School Spanish
  • High School Spanish I
  • High School Spanish II

Graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute Mexico City with degree in Biblical Studies and Missions. After completing my Biblical Studies I served as a missionary in Argentina and worked with street children. I returned from Argentina to finish my Missions certification. Upon completing all of my studies, I went to the Philippines where I served as a missionary alongside Family Circus, a ministry reaching the children and youth of Davao City.

I have been married for nine years and have two children that God has given me the privilege to homeschool. My husband and I were children’s pastors at Grove Christian Center for three years. The past two years I have taught elementary Spanish, Spanish I and II to homeschooling children.

I enjoy teaching children and have been able to hear not only the kids who have attended my class communicating in Spanish, but their parents as well, which gives me great pride. I love to teach my students not just to learn a language (Spanish), but also the important things that go along with it such as the food, dances, songs and all of Latin American culture. It is a privilege to teach at West and I am very excited to enjoy this time with my students.

Vitalia Byrn-Pundyk
  • Spanish III

Vitalia is trilingual with fluency in English, Spanish, and Ukrainian. Teaching Spanish since 1988, her teaching experience includes the Osseo and Hopkins school districts in Minnesota, where she was instrumental in developing the Spanish Language Curriculum in an Elementary World Language Pilot Program for grades 3-6.

Prior to her administrative position in El Dorado, AR, she was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ, where she taught beginning and intermediate language courses until June 2001.

In August 2001, she assumed her previous administrative position as District Chair of Foreign Languages - El Dorado School Dist. #15. With District School Board approval and the permission of the Arkansas Department of Education, Vitalia designed and implemented a unique foreign language program offering high school credit for middle school students.

Vitalia’s hobbies include reading, skiing, going to the theatre, beading, and traveling but she most enjoys presenting leadership and communication workshops, as well as working with students of all ages, teaching Spanish culture and language.

She is well-versed in a variety of teaching methodologies that provide a fun and positive learning environment and believes in helping everyone maximize their potential, supporting student success!