Meet the Founders
It started out as a dream. “What if we can take an idea that we are passionate about – teaching Spanish language and culture – and grow a business? A business that allows one of us to be home with your children while they are young?” That dream started over 17 years ago. Three children later (now almost all teenagers), our dream continues to grow. We started with Spanish Immersion Weekends in 2002, and it has now grown to teaching Spanish to thousands of new students each year. Here’s to the dream!
Tara Bradley Williams
Lead Instructional Designer
Tara Bradley Williams, co-Founder of Pronto Spanish, is the instructional designer for all of Pronto Spanish courses and materials. Tara has over 25 years of Spanish and ELL (English Language Language) teaching experience at the high school, community college, and corporate training levels. Tara has a BA degree in Spanish and Sociology from St. Norbert College and a MA in Adult Education from the University of Denver. She has studied Spanish at the Universidad de Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Latin America.
Jim Williams, co-founder of Pronto Spanish, has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology field including roles as a software engineer, project manager and instructor, and university professor. Jim has BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Computer Science and Educational Psychology. He currently teaches computer science at UW-Madison. Jim is the lead software engineer on Pronto Spanish technical projects, as well as Tara’s biggest supporter.