Meet Our Staff

Meet Mayra Padilla
Hello! I am a graduate of Briar Cliff University, with a major in  Elementary Education. I have lived here in Sioux City, Iowa my whole life. When I began school, I knew Spanish and began learning English as I went on. By second grade, I was already assisting my teacher in translating for my Spanish speaking classmates. I found it so rewarding being able to help my teacher and my classmates close that language barrier between one another.

Bi-literacy is very important to me because it opens a whole new world of possibilities. By growing up in both my native culture plus U.S. culture, I have seen the best of both worlds! I have had the opportunity to meet more people and communicate with them more efficiently. Being fluent in a second language brings many benefits to students in their future.

I love working with children because I learn new things every day through them. I love being able to help students achieve their full potential. It is rewarding to see how students grow academically while becoming bi-literate and practicing their Catholic values.

Meet Elizabeth DeAnda
It has always been a dream of mine to work at a Dual Language school. There are so many benefits to learning another language, especially at such a young age. Children are like sponges, they absorb a lot of information.

I have enjoyed seeing the students learn Spanish because it always surprises me how fast they acquire new words. I love listening to the students read in Spanish because they translate to me what they read, and it’s simply amazing to see how their mind works. I am proud and lucky to teach in both languages!

Siempre ha sido un sueño para mí trabajar en una escuela de dos idiomas. Son muchos los beneficios de aprender otro idioma, especialmente a una edad tan temprana. Los niños son como esponjas, absorben mucha información. Me ha gustado ver a los estudiantes aprender español porque siempre me sorprende lo rápido que adquieren nuevas palabras.

Me encanta escuchar a los estudiantes leer en español porque me traducen lo que leen y es simplemente increíble ver cómo funciona su mente. ¡Estoy orgullosa y afortunada de enseñar en ambos idiomas!

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