Originally from Spain, Cristina joined Green Ivy Schools through the Spanish Embassy's intercultural exchange program, Visiting Teachers in the U.S. She taught at IB schools in Thailand and the Czech Republic before coming to Pine Street School in 2015.
Dual Language Immersion
All students - no matter their native language - stand to benefit from dual language immersion education.
In dual language immersion, native Spanish or Mandarin speakers and native English speakers maintain and develop their first language while acquiring native-like communication and literacy skills in a second language.
At Pine Street School, students have two teachers in the classroom, each working in English or Spanish/Mandarin in small groups, all day long. Academic content is taught and assessed in two languages over an extended period of time.
About 50% of a student's day is in the target language, however, due to small group teaching and individualized learning plans, the rate of language learning is higher than a standard language immersion program. Due to the brain friendly, research based language teaching practices, children quickly begin to understand, learn new skills and take risks with language.
Spanish Educator Profile
Mandarin Educator Profile
Shirley earned her Master's of Early Childhood Education from NYU. She joins Pine Street School from ISF Academy of Hong Kong, one of the city's most highly respected bilingual IB schools.