The Latino Learning Center’s ESL Program

Carmen Maria Montiel

Carmen Maria Montiel is a former anchorwoman and on-air personality from Venezuela. Attending school in both the United States and Venezuela, Carmen Maria Montiel is fluent in both Spanish and English. She volunteers her talents with the Latino Learning Center (LLC) in Houston, Texas, and recently chaired a gala for the organization in May of 2015.

The Latino Learning Center is a Houston-based facility where native Spanish speakers can go to pursue mastery of the English language. Its English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed for members of Houston’s low income community, focusing especially on adult education and elderly services. Through the ESL program, students can learn to speak, read, write, and listen to English comprehensively. In the advanced stages of the program, the LLC instructs students in business terminology and teaches useful business conversation skills.

After completing the class, students receive a certificate to verify their completion. The curriculum costs two payments of $90, and spans a 12-week period.


An Overview of the Haras Cup for Working Equitation


A former television journalist, Carmen María Montiel has a wide array of experience that includes covering the 1992 Republican National Convention and producing a syndicated show featuring Latin artists. Carmen María Montiel also attends a variety of charitable and social events, such as the Haras Cup gala.

One of the top working equitation championships in the United States, the Haras Cup offers $80,000 in prize money and competitions for all breeds as well as classes for a variety of age and experience levels. Held in Magnolia, Texas, the Haras Cup also features international class competitors by invitation only to some of the best riders in the world.

The Haras Cup serves as the annual championship competition for the Working Equitation International Association. A relatively recent equestrian activity, working equitation is judged by three components-dressage, ease of handling, and speed-with a focus on versatility and athleticism. Each of the components is judged on a separate day. The first day is dedicated to dressage, with divisions for children and youth, and a general division for novice, intermediate, advanced, and master riders. The second and third days focus on handling and speed, respectively, with different obstacle courses each day. Proceeds from the cup go to a number of charities, including the children’s nutrition organization Kids’ Meals, Inc., and the United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

2015 Fashion Show with the Stars

A bilingual television journalist, Carmen María Montiel has served as a news host for the GOP Convention, a producer for WSJK-Channel 2, and a TV host for Venevision, Complicidades. She spent two years on the board of directors for the Institute of Hispanic Culture. Carmen María Montiel has also assisted with numerous charitable fundraising events.

Recently, Carmen María Montiel served as chairperson of the Fashion Show with the Stars, hosted by the Latino Learning Center. The fashion show featured Ms. Ximena Navarrete who earned the title of Miss Universe in 2010, performances from Alex Syntek and Martha Sanchez, and fashions from LUCHO Boutique and Fifty Shades of Blue, Red & Yellow. Designs from Mexican fashion designer Benito Santos also appeared.

The Fashion Show with the Stars took place on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. The event, an annual tradition, funds services to seniors and people with disabilities throughout the area, as well as various programs for vocational training and education.

Fund-Raising Events Support Latino Learning Center’s Housing Programs

Carmen Maria Montiel

Carmen Maria Montiel, who enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning bilingual television journalist, currently focuses her efforts on a wide range of philanthropic endeavors. Recently, Carmen Maria Montiel has led a number of events, such as the 2015 Night with the Stars Gala, for the Latino Learning Center in Houston.

These fund-raising events benefit seniors and citizens with disabilities by supporting the center’s various programs and services, including its housing initiatives. In response to a lack of affordable housing for seniors and adults with disabilities, the Latino Learning Center founded two communities, the Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments and the South Houston Vista Apartments.

The Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments were established in 2000 when seniors were rapidly being displaced due to rising property values in the East End. Comprised of 65 units, the senior housing community was completely filled within a week of opening and there remains a one-year waiting list. The housing project was formed through a $236,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank and a $3.6 million grant from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

The South Houston Vista Apartments are located in a serene area near the City of South Houston, with the community’s 46 units nestled in a gated community. With a total of 22 one-bedroom units and 14 efficiencies, the apartments spread across one-story buildings that contain six to eight units.

Vocational Programs at the Latino Learning Center

Carmen Maria Montiel

A longtime supporter of the Latino Learning Center in Houston, Texas, Carmen Maria Montiel chaired the organization’s annual fashion show in March 2015. Thanks to the efforts of Carmen Maria Montiel and other supporters, the Latino Learning Center sponsors a broad range of human support services for members of the Latino community. In particular, the Center offers vocational training in residential air conditioning and refrigeration.

Designed to address gaps in adult education services for low-income Houston residents, the Bilingual Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program teaches students about the theory and principles of this field. After spending the first two weeks learning about mechanical refrigeration and various system components, students begin operating welding equipment and learning about electricity and circuits.

As a result of the program, the community at large benefits from an increased in trained workers. Students also enjoy a boost in spending power as they advance, which has a positive economic impact on their own communities.