October 9, 2013
I grew up with a Spanish mother and siblings. Being the youngest I was not taught Spanish nor was it spoken in the house as my sibling got older and my mother was living and working in an American world. I tried to learn Spanish but no matter what I did it just would not take. I went to very expensive schools with "good" teachers and curriculum.
Nothing worked. All through my life I wondered what it would be like to be able to speak my families first language.
As a parent I realized that sending my kids to that same environment and schooling they may miss that same opportunity. I found the Saint Louis Language Immersion School by chance. And ever since it has been both an exciting experience and a scary one. You wonder can they really learn and be thoughtful and educated people when learning a language that is not the primary language spoken at home.
That question has been answered. My children are all the above and they are learning to be world citizens. Meeting people of all backgrounds, races and religions.
This school had changed the projectors for our children to be be ones who look at differences as a positive and challenges as an opportunities.
We need more schools like this and more funding.
When I see my mother and son to speaking in Spanish, I swell up with pride and a bit of regret that I didn't have this opportunity.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Hire more support staff for students with behavioral and learning needs. Would pay the teachers more!
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