Silvana Ordonez

16 ratings
Silvana Ordonez, instructor at Berges Institute

Silvana Ordonez is originally from Colombia. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Pontifical Xavierian University (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) in Cali. She has lived in Chicago for twelve years. During her time in Chicago, Silvana has worked as an Admissions Counselor at a bilingual college, where her position allowed her to help students navigate their academic experience as well as the financial aid process. Now, as an instructor at Berges Institute, teaching her native language is an immeasurably rewarding experience as she shares her culture with her students. In spite of the weather, Silvana loves Chicago for various reasons, including its diversity, cuisine, and liveliness. As a mother of two, she loves to spend time with her husband and her daughters, and going on walks by the lake with her dog, Ginger. When at home, she loves to wind down with a good book from Gabriel Garcia Marquez or anything that resembles Magical Realism.

Upcoming Courses with Silvana

Basic Conversation (Code OL-1101D)

2021-11-01 - 2022-01-10
Mon 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Student Ratings

  Andrea Hunt | Online | 7/31/2021
I started Level 1 with Silvana, and I have been grateful to do so. Silvana's pace when presenting the material is patient, calculated, and encouraging. With every lesson, she generously shares about herself -taking the material from book to conversation- and shows her support and interest for her students to practice the same. I also appreciate that Silvana is open and knowledgeable on any question that comes her way - whether it be about the cultural specificity of a word, or its function in the rules of grammar. I am continuing lessons with her through Level 2 ~ gracias!

  Moira BIxby | Online | 10/21/2020
Silvana was patient, fun, encouraging, and always answered our questions. Plus, she went beyond to teach us a few colloquial phrases that complemented our lessons.

  Michael Wagner | Chicago | 2/14/2020
Silvana was very kind and enthusiastic. It was a pleasure having her lead our intermediate conversational class. She made sure to keep the conversation flowing and the room was always very relaxed and easy-going. She also provided a lot of relevant and interesting insights about Colombia. I would highly recommend her as an instructor. My Spanish definitely improved.
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