Read our Speak! Stories by Patricia Patricia van der Lans-Espinoza was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and brought up bilingual, English being her second language. After studying psychology in the university, Patricia met her Dutch husband in 1980 while working in Lima, Peru. From then she started living a life abroad — in Pakistan, the Netherlands, France and Ghana. Living abroad, she discovered her true calling: to teach her language and share her culture. While in the Netherlands, Patricia received her Spanish teaching degree, and since then, she has been giving private and group classes in schools and language institutes, as well as providing in-company training for businesses. Now living here in Virginia, Patricia is very happy to have joined Speak! Language Center, which gives her the opportunity to keep on doing the job she loves so much.