The Wooly Team

The people behind the madness.

The wooly team

Nesi Bacud

Have you sent a message to [email protected] and gotten exactly the information you needed? Chances are good that the reply came from Nesi Bacud, our Customer Service Enthusiast. Nesi earned her Bachelor's Degree, BSBA major in Legal Management while working as a Customer Service Representative. With 8 years of experience with this job, Nesi has a real gift for helping customers get the right answers quickly. She loves what she does! When Nesi is not helping customers with any issue that comes up, she enjoys spending her time doing volunteer work, and doing lettering artwork. She also collects pens, and loves reading.

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Tom Buckley-Houston

Tom grew up in Wales, UK. He inherited the lore of Ancient Computer Wisdom from his father. But wanting to find his own path in life he explored the traditions of eastern wisdom and graduated from university with a degree in Religious Studies. Since 2015 he has been a "digital nomad", travelling to over 70 countries, experiencing cultures and learning languages. He has a deep love for the life-long process of learning languages and the importance it has for self-knowledge and cultural understanding. His emoji is the Yerba Calabaza 🧉, the ancient tea of South America's Guarani people.

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Kelly Ferguson

Despite the ridiculous amount of time she appears to spend on Facebook running the Woology group, Kelly is actually a full-time, National Board Certified Spanish teacher. And in her copious free time, she is a frequent contributor of nuggets, hints, readings, packets, and whatever else Jim throws at her. She has also worked behind the scenes on several of the videos, sneaks in front of the camera once in a while, and has been trying to convince Jim to put an ostrich in a future video (so far unsuccessfully). Like Carrie, living a couple of hours from the Wooly office, most of her work for Sr. Wooly is done via email and text message, which judging by her omnipresence online, is okay by her. She has no pets. When not doing all this work, Kelly is an avid soccer fan, playing year-round and always ready to cheer for Forward Madison Football Club (Go Flamingos!). In the winter she also plays curling, a sport she picked up a few years ago in a last-ditch attempt to discover if she is a prodigy at an Olympic sport. She isn't.

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Jeffrey Ferrer

In Lima, born and raised, Jeffrey is part of the engineering team at SenorWooly. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics, spending his early career navigating the LATAM startup scene from the Strategy and Investment side. In 2023, he took the leap into engineering, flipping the table on his career path. Starting with a coding bootcamp, he immersed himself into the world of algorithms and code, ready to tackle new challenges. When he's not glued to his screen, Jeffrey splits his time between surfing the waves and scaling cliffs, depending on the day's mood. And if you ever need to find him, just follow the scent of coffee – his lifeline, his vitamin C (Coffee, that is).

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Haven T. Hash

Hailing originally from the Pacific Northwest of the USA, Haven always liked playing with computers. Though it wasn't the games that caught his attention but rather the never ending curiosity to want to know how things worked. Never doubting that Computer Science was right for him, he has not looked back after graduating from the field in university. Having experienced traditional language learning techniques first hand he is thrilled to now be able to help bring better 21st century online options to a wider audience through Señor Wooly.

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Camilo Hernández

After some years of touring the world with his designer degree under his arm, he landed in The Down Under, where he finally found the path of the UI/UX hopping on top of his kangaroos pals. Beautiful years passed but the calling was always singing in his heart, until one day, and after 4 years of surfing the cold waves of the Tasmanian sea, he decided to return to his beloved and tranquil land in Colombia to live the serene lifestyle of his dreams. There he interweaves his love of nature with the Wooly philosophy to create user experiences as organic and relaxing as the mountain breeze.

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Kaitlin Leppert

Kaitlin Leppert was born and raised in Wisconsin, and yes, she loves cheese. Although she initially had no desire to pursue Spanish or teaching in college, a last-minute decision inspired by a high school trip to Costa Rica changed her path. Witnessing firsthand how languages can bring different communities together, she decided to become a Spanish teacher. She holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish education. With over a decade of experience teaching Spanish to students in grades 5-12, Kaitlin has developed a deep passion for language instruction. Outside of the classroom, she has dedicated many years to supporting other language teachers through conference presentations and her podcast, blog, and YouTube channel, offering valuable insights and practical advice on language teaching. Outside of her professional life, Kaitlin loves to travel and attend concerts, always seeking new experiences and adventures. At home, she dotes on her beloved cat, Gracie, who believes Kaitlin’s full-time job should be catering to her every wish.

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Nathan Niederkorn

From a very young age, Nate’s greatest passion has always been music. Starting with humble beginnings figuring out musicals by ear on the family piano, all the way through earning a Bachelor of Music from Columbia College Chicago, Nate has been unable to avoid the music constantly running through his head. After fruitless years of searching for a musical outlet, he was snatched from the jaws of artistic obsolescence by Jim Wooldridge – and their lives would never be the same. Nate is the songwriter-in-residence at Señor Wooly. When he’s not sitting in the back of the warehouse strumming the day away, you can find him making really tiny adjustments to the Nuggets, putting a Señor Wooly sticker in that package you just ordered, or creating some odd new connection between Wooly stories that didn't exist before (obviously the trash Sam deals with in Los quehaceres ends up on the barge at the end of Qué asco. Obviously.)

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Juan Carlos Pinilla

Juan Carlos has been expressing himself with paints, colored pencil, crayons, acrylics, and anything else that he can dirty his hands with for as long as he can remember. After briefly considering a career in electronic engineering after high school (what was he thinking?) he followed his instincts, and in 2005 began studying graphic design at TALLER 5 where he excelled in drawing, human figure-painting, and, of course, illustration. Like all good illustrators he has embraced the hermit-lifestyle. He spends nearly all his time locked up in his Bogotá, Colombia art studio drawing, painting, studying, and working to improve his craft. On the rare occasion that he pokes his head out of the studio, he loves travel.

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Carrie Toth

Full-time teacher, author, curriculum developer/trainer, and Head Nugget Chef at Señor Wooly, Carrie Toth works around the clock creating new materials to facilitate instruction in the classroom. Carrie was a 2015 finalist for ACTFL’s national Teacher of the Year and draws on ACTFL's proficiency descriptors and 90% target language recommendations in her work. When she isn’t with her students, cooking up bite sized chunks of language for the website, or training teachers… Wait… She’s always doing those things. Thank heaven her husband and grown up kids are not too demanding! Carrie lives 4 hours south of the Wooly office so she has to remote in… her dogs are never included in any of the office fun. She has two cats too… but like all cats, they don’t want to be included.

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Jim Wooldridge

Jim Wooldridge is still a little uncertain how he got here. It seems like just a short time ago, he was writing silly little songs to help his middle school students memorize preterit AR verb conjugations. Fast-forward 10 years, and he has created over 30 story-based music videos, is currently working on his 6th graphic novel, has been a featured keynote speaker at events like iFLT and CCFLT, and has built a language-acquisition website that is used by 20,000+ teachers around the world. When he’s not obsessing over his next creative production, Jim tries to find serenity by putting together jigsaw puzzles. Jim Wooldridge lives in Skokie, IL with wife, two children and two dogs (both of whom like eating jigsaw puzzle pieces).

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