Family Programs Director and Teacher
I am originally from Monterrey, Mexico and grew up using Spanish and English interchangeably. Needless to say, being fluent in two languages has opened many doors for me.
In an effort to provide my own son and other families a fun activity to do in Spanish, I created a program called Aprende Cantando. I taught it for nearly 3 years at Heartsong Music before branching out and starting Semillitas de Español. My goal was to create a unique language school that would teach Spanish to children, offer parents a way to be involved in their child's language learning, and offer hispanic families activities to nurture their children's use of Spanish as they grow up.
Language is incredibly important to me. On a societal level, language is deeply intertwined with culture, and each can only be appreciated and fully understood within the context of the other. On a more personal level, the way we express ourselves and the words we choose communicate much more than just an immediate message. Every conversation is an opportunity to establish and deepen our relationships. So although the goal is to teach Spanish at Semillitas, it is just as important to me help children use language as a means to connect, to solve problems, foster friendships, and express their ideas and feelings.
Semillitas de Español is a very personal endeavor for me. Helping my own son to become bilingual has been a journey of creativity, dedication, patience, and discovery. Recognizing how challenging it is to raise a bilingual child, it’s truly a pleasure for me to share those same little seeds of Spanish with other families.
As a teacher, I am continually amazed at how children learn and develop their language skills. I find it fascinating to witness children’s ability to retain vocabulary, to decipher meaning, grammar, and sentence structure. More than anything though, I love that children are excited and willing to learn anything as long as its fun.
"I am picking up Spanish much more quickly than I did in high school and college because of the teacher's movements and gestures with each song. They should teach Spanish this way to adults!! My daughter is really learning the songs as well...it is wonderful to hear her singing in Spanish."
- Kristen T.