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Maria Papp


Maria Papp, who was born in Argentina, has been an interpreter/translator in the Mobile and Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay area since 1968.  She has extensive experience in bilingual education, from early childhood to adult level.  Since 1982, she has worked as a freelance interpreter for the United States District Court and Southern District of Alabama.  Her bilingual knowledge covers the simple stages of interrogation to more elaborate legal situations, including civil and criminal law, social services, labor relations, depositions, etc.

College Education:
Institutos Universitarios del Salvador, Universidad del Salvador, and Instituto de Cultura Idiomatica

Experience in language instruction/translation/interpretation: 

University of Mobile, Bayside Academy, University of South Alabama Special Courses, Archdiocese of Mobile Catholic Schools, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile Press Columnist, Montessori Academy of Mobile, Spring Hill College, Eastern Shore Institute of Lifelong Learning, United States District Court (Southern District of Alabama), U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Attorney, U.S. Customs, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and more.



Marie-Helene Hickman rev


Marie-Hèléne Hickman, was born in Brunoy, France, a suburb of Paris. 

College Education:
After she received her Bachelor’s degree in France, she moved to the United States when she was 22 years old. 

Experience in language instruction/translation/interpretation: 
During her career, she has taught every level and age group in academia, and is also a private tutor for businesses and individuals.  In addition to many of her teaching positions, she was an Adjunct Professor at Auburn University and Alabama State University, both in Montgomery, and Corpus Christi School in Mobile.  Returning to France frequently, she has been an educational tour guide there for the past thirty years.



Barbara Kuebel German Instructor          GERMAN INSTRUCTOR

          Barbara Kuebel was born and raised in Linz, Austria. She moved to the United States in                          2018. During her international teaching career in The Netherlands, Brazil, Austria and                            Switzerland she specialized in bilingual language instruction through art-based                                      intervention. She has been a continuous instructor for children and adults on all language                                                      levels in international schools as well as non-governmental organizations. She describes                                                        herself as an advocate for culture-based social learning.

                                             College Education:

                                             Academy of Fine Art Vienna, Austria M.A. ( Painting and Fine Art; Academy of Fine                                                       Art, Vienna, Austria M.Ed. ( Art Education; University of Vienna, Faculty of                                                                   Philosophy and Educational Sciences; BSc (Hons) Psych, The Open University/ Great                                                                 Britain; M.S. (Program Planning and Evaluation in Forensic Settings) Walden University,                                                           Minnesota/ United States.

                                             Experience in Language instruction/ translation/ Interpretation:

                                             Bilingual program instructor and task-based language development for war refugees,                                                               Vienna, Austria; High school teacher/ focus task motivation in culturally diverse                                                                       communities, Upper Austrian Department for Education; Bilingual instructor, language &                                                         art for children, United World College Maastricht, NL; Integration through work, task                                                                 motivation and language education in Brazil/ NGOs ABBA, ACOMI, São Paulo, Brazil; ISB,                                                         International school Basel.