Lydia holds an M.A. in Elementary and Special Education from DePaul University and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Lydia grew up in Nicaragua speaking Spanish and English at home and school.
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
Cindy holds a M.A. in International Education Development and Family Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has 4 years of teaching experience with both children and adults.
CONNECT WITH ADMISSIONS
Rosa has worked at the Chinese Cultural Studies Program for Children at Columbia University as their admissions and operations lead and for 4 years as a parent volunteer on the admissions team at The Spence School.