Ramiro Ruiz was born in Colom­bia. He received a B. A. in Phi­los­o­phy and Lit­er­a­ture from the Uni­ver­sity Pon­tif­i­cates Boli­var­i­ana. He is also a spe­cial­ist in Edu­ca­tional Plan­ning and Per­son­al­ized Edu­ca­tion. He has taught at the uni­ver­sity and high school level. He also worked as a school super­in­ten­dent and assis­tant prin­ci­pal. He holds an AMI Ele­men­tary Montes­sori certificate. Ramiro has been at TRIS since 2010.

Dee Doucette is originally from Newport, Rhode Island. She attended Hamilton College in upstate New York, where she studied French, Education, and Linguistic Anthropology. During her college years, she was a literacy tutor for second grade students and a volunteer English teacher at a nearby refugee center; these rewarding and eye-opening experiences further cemented her desire to pursue a career in teaching. After graduating from college, she taught English at the K-4 level in the Grenoble district of France. Since then, she has taught ESL at an international high school and at several summer programs for international students. Last year, she obtained her master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Dee is new to TRIS in 2017, and she is very excited to be a part of such a vibrant, multilingual community!