Meet the founders

Gaby Geneser

Gaby Geneser was born in Colombia but has spent most of her life studying and working abroad. She obtained her BA and an MA in Modern Languages at the University of Northern Iowa and it was there that she discovered that she could teach overseas. Working in such diverse environments such as the American International School of Dhaka, Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel, and the International School Bangkok deepened her passion for teaching language and culture.


Gaby has been a Spanish teacher and a department head for over 20 years. In a leadership capacity, she has led curriculum development and reviews, helped plan and organize K-12 professional development workshops, conducted World Language IB five-year reviews and WASC self-studies, published support materials to support IB courses, and has been an IB examiner.


She is very excited to be the cofounder of ISALT (International Schools Association of Language Teachers) as she feels that there is a need to have an exclusive conference for Native and Non-Native language teachers that work in international schools.  

Loreto Alonso

Loreto is originally from Spain. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Philology from the University of Oviedo, Spain. She also has an MA in Education Technology and an MA in Teaching Spanish from Spanish universities.

Loreto discovered her passion for languages at the age of 7 when she started learning English. This opened a new world for her and the opportunity to travel abroad. For Loreto languages and culture are a passion, a career and a way of life.

Loreto taught ESL in Spain and then moved to Thailand where she started teaching Spanish and German at international schools. Loreto has taught Language A and B for over 20 years.  She has been involved in exiting language projects throughout her career. In collaboration with other educators, she has organized professional development opportunities for language teachers. She is also an examiner, a workshop leader and has participated in IB curriculum review meetings. She has also published and reviewed IB materials.

Loreto hopes that ISALT will provide language teachers with a forum to learn, share and collaborate.