Minnesota Staff

Elizabeth Martinez:

Elizabeth MartinezBilingual Area Manager Minnesota Region

Elizabeth comes to Futura with over twenty years of Spanish language studies and practice. Her first experience using the language on a trip to Chile at fifteen solidified for her that Spanish would always be a part of her life and part of her chosen career. She went on to graduate with a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she spent a semester abroad in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Immediately following graduation, she moved back to Mexico, this time to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to obtain TEFL and Business TEFL certificates. There, Elizabeth spent five years teaching business English in various capacities from small businesses to large corporations. She also taught 5th and 6th graders at a private bilingual elementary school, Instituto Anahuacalli, and later obtained a faculty position at the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara. At the university Elizabeth taught high school, university, and private faculty English courses including TOEFL preparation. While teaching, she also worked part time as the Special Programs Coordinator in the Department of International Affairs coordinating faculty immersion trips to Calgary, Canada. Elizabeth was named Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Univa’s Foreign Language Department in 2002. Upon returning to Minnesota, Elizabeth held a bilingual supervisory position in a major manufacturing corporation before joining Futura Language Professionals in 2006 as the Bilingual Area Manager for the state of Minnesota. In addition to managing a staff of over 45 part-time Spanish teachers, Elizabeth is also a busy mom, raising two young children bilingually.

Please contact  Elizabeth regarding Spanish programs or employment opportunities in Minnesota :
Telephone: (952) 261-4105
Email:  [email protected]

Sandy O’Keefe:

Program Coordinator for Wisconsin and Minnesota

Sandy came to Futura Language Professionals in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of WI – Madison.  Her degree provided her with the knowledge that exposing children to ethnic and cultural experiences at an early age will allow them to become diversified and confident young individuals with an increased appreciation for life.  Upon graduation Sandy taught 4-year-old preschool at a learning center in Madison, where she designed and instructed lesson plans focused around specific themes.  She also assisted the center in becoming nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  After Sandy moved back to her hometown near Milwaukee, she began an extensive 7-year career in marketing and administrative services.  In addition to serving as the liaison for our parents and schools in the Wisconsin and Minnesota regions, Sandy is an active mother of two elementary-aged children.  She believes that exposing children to early language learning is a bridge to another culture and a doorway to a larger world.

Please contact Sandy with any questions related to our program:
Telephone: 262-719-9332
Email: [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dessa Amble:

MN Program Coordinator; Payroll Coordinator

Dessa began her career with Futura Language Professionals in 2011 as a Spanish Enrichment Teacher in various local Madison, Wisconsin area schools. After garnering teaching experience, she transitioned into the Bilingual Area Manager position for Madison where she managed a group of Futura Spanish instructors. During this time Dessa also assumed the role of Payroll Coordinator for both Wisconsin and Minnesota. She continues to excel in this position today. Dessa furthered her experience within the Futura organization as an integrated instructor at various parochial schools in the Milwaukee area and took on the role of Minnesota Program Coordinator, supporting our Minnesota location administratively. Dessa brings to Futura a deep interest in travel, culture and the outdoors. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During her time at Whitewater Dessa also lived, traveled and studied in Valladolid, Spain. She also spent a month in Argentina assisting on a research project with the UWW Spanish department. She continues to travel around the world experiencing different cultures and lifestyles.  

Please contact Dessa regarding payroll questions or Minnesota Program related questions:
Telephone: 608-770-1677
Email:  [email protected]

Minnesota Address:

Futura Language Professionals
PO Box 21581
Columbia Heights, MN 55421