About Us

The BWLP Team Co-Directors

Don Doehla




Nancy Salsig




Team Leaders

Gloria Payette




Carol Sparks




Associate Team Members

Kate Bloomer


Andrea Marek



Our Interns

Addi Assi

I always enjoyed learning Spanish, but mostly I enjoyed the possibility of meeting people from other cultures and getting to know them.  Even though I traveled to a few countries for months at a time during college, I knew that I couldn’t get fluent in Spanish until I separated myself from English and lived for an extended period of time in a Spanish speaking country.  After college I moved to Argentina and worked in an orphanage for teenage boys for a year.

I have been teaching at San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo for 7 years and am currently the head of the department.  I teach Spanish 1, Spanish for Spanish speakers and AP Spanish.  I love using music in the classroom and getting teenagers excited about things going on in other parts of the world.  

Tagreed Badwai

Angela Martinez

Lisa Rodriguez-Jong



Gretchen Schwab

Hola!  My name is Gretchen Schwab and I have been teaching for 14 years.  I am currently a Spanish and AVID teacher at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Ca.  I started my teaching career at my former high school, John Swett, in Crockett, CA, where I was inspired to pursue Spanish in college by my amazing teacher (and now colleague), Gloria Payette.  I later began teaching at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, CA where I spent 11 years teaching all levels from 1 to AP.
In 2009, I was chosen to participate in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program and taught English at a university in Mexico City for one year.  I’ve also studied in Spain as an undergraduate student, and Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala as a graduate student.  I received my BA in Spanish from San Diego State University and my MA in Spanish from Sacramento State University.  I love traveling (especially to Spanish-speaking countries), reading, doing yoga, and triathlons.


Brenna Wright