Deborah Richter is an accomplished Spanish Instructor who has been teaching Spanish for more than 30 years. She holds degrees in Spanish Literature, Education, and Physical Education from Whitman College. 

     Deborah frequently travels to Spain, where she has studied at La Universidad de San Agustin and at Saint Luis University Madrid. Other Spanish-speaking countries that she has visited and leads groups include Panamá Puerto Rico, Mexico, Perú, Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, Ecuador, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.

     After teaching Spanish in the Tacoma School District for twelve years, Deborah founded La Única Spanish Instruction Center, which has, over the course of 19  years, offering many wonderful and popular general-public and field-specialized courses as well as amazing cultural trips to various Spanish-speaking countries. . Understanding that students absorb and learn information more effectively when they are simultaneously having fun, Deborah concentrates on making her classes active, enjoyable, and entertaining. Additionally, she offers training and workshops for educators which emphasize strengthening and bridging communication and cultural gaps between teachers and their Spanish-speaking students, parents, and ethnically-diverse communities.

     It is a tremendous joy to teach and connect with such wonderful and highly motivated members of the community!



Danielle Twichel, M.A., is a passionate Spanish instructor with additional teaching experience in Art and English. She graduated from our local Pacific Lutheran University in 2018 with degrees in Hispanic Studies and Fine Art. During her university days, she studied abroad in Spain and Ecuador, two countries that taught her the joys of speaking a foreign language and allowed her to explore more profound cultural connections. After graduating, she instructed painting at a studio in Puyallup, where she encountered both skill and interest in teaching. She later lived abroad in Chile on two separate occasions in 2019 and 2021 where she worked as an English as a Second Language teacher at a university and taught online classes. Danielle has recently obtained her Master's Degree in Global Higher Education from La Universidad de Alcalá, España. Her experience has led her to become a creative and encouraging teacher who loves to help her students feel confident and capable when communicating Spanish.


Offered Courses

HABLA ESPANOL: Spanish Basics For Educators,  PT II

Course No. ED444E, ED544E

Tuition $195 ‑ $280

Quarter Credits 3

This course is designed to further build on the skills obtained from Part I Habla Español in order to be able to positively connect with Spanish-speaking students & parents and to be able to relay specific information to Spanish-speaking parents regarding the progress and success of their children.

HABLA ESPANOL: Spanish Basics For Educators PT I

Course No. ED432P, ED532P

Tuition $195 ‑ $280

Quarter Credits 3

Make a difference to your Hispanic students when you master a few Spanish phrases. This course will introduce Spanish with a goal of learning to say basic vocabulary and sentences for communicating with Spanish-speaking students and parents.