Meet The Staff

Luke Panek
Teacher Trainer
Luke has been the Head Trainer at Costa Rica TESOL since the creation of our TEFL academy. Luke spent four years in Europe, teaching in Rome, Prague, and France, and then came to Costa Rica in 2003, to experience the Latin lifestyle, and has lived here ever since.
Melanie Lubinus, M.Ed.
Teacher Trainer
Melanie is originally from South Dakota, USA. She studied Spanish, education, ESL, and Latin American Area Studies at South Dakota State University. Before moving to Costa Rica, she taught High School Spanish in California for five years. She has been teaching English at Idiomas Mundiales since completing her TEFL/TESOL certification course in Costa Rica. Melanie is passionate about teaching and has a desire to help other teachers reach their highest potential. She received her M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education with American College of Education.
Georgianella Grant
Student Relations
Georgianella is our proud Costa Rica expert. She has crafted the culture for providing a pleasant and efficient student experience. Her values include always being respectful, informative, and collaborative, which will make you feel like you’ve got a partner on your side who cares. Georgia is also the co- founder of Idiomas Mundiales, one of the fatest growing English Language Schools in the country that specializes in corporate classes.
Patrick Brunelle
Teacher Trainer
Patrick Brunelle graduated from Lakehead University, in 2002. He received a Bachelors degree in English Literature, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Patrick taught for two years in Canada, until he decided to seek a change and moved to Costa Rica. Patrick has been teaching ESL since 2005, and was one of the co-founders of Idiomas Mundiales. Patrick’s vision of constantly developing curriculum, and never being satisfied with one’s knowledge, allowed Idiomas Mundiales to quickly expand to three location over the span of just a few short years. His curriculum is currently being used with companies such as Western Union.
Karen Montero
Born and raised in Barva Costa Rica, Karen is the a truly definition of a "tica", very welcoming, helpful and loves her country. She has been part of our student affairs team since 2012. Her warmth and her willingness to help has made a difference in our staff and in our students stay during and after the course. Karen is the go to person for any administrative issue, general information or a simple word of encouragement. Her positivism and her smile are just contagious!!
Carlos Calvo
Tourism Representative
Carlos Calvo is proudly 100% "tico", and we are proud to have him on our staff. Working with tourism in Costa Rica for more than fifteen years, he is an expert on seeing this beautiful country. In collaboration with Travel Vision, Carlos will help you book your weekends with exciting tours and adventures. In addition to traveling, especially in his own country, Carlos loves to play basketball, to dance to Latin music and to support his soccer team, La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.

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