Our Mission

At Lango Asheville our mission is to introduce children to a world of possibilities through language immersion classes. We aspire to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to explore new cultures and learn a language through play and adventure learning.

 

photo Sandra Brown

Director/Spanish Teacher

BA in Spanish Literature, University of North Carolina Asheville

MA in Public Affairs, Western Caronlina University

I was born in Colombia (South America) but I have been calling North Carolina my home since 1993. The two loves of my life are my husband of 20 years and my daughter Lilianna Sofia. I have a great passion for education and empowering people through the knowledge of language and cultures. For the past ten years I have worked with youth students in various educational settings. I was a Spanish teacher at UNCA after I graduated from college. I also worked at WCU as the assistant director of student services for the nursing school, and for the past four years I have been teaching Spanish through the Lango curriculum to kids ages 18 months to 13 years old. I personally know the difficulties of learning a second language as a young adult thus I’m absolutely convinced that every kid should have the opportunity to learn another language early in life. All kids have the ability to learn when it’s done in a fun and nurturing environment, that’s exactly what Lango has to offer!

 

 

 

     
photo Calie Berry

Spanish Teacher

Double BA in Spanish and English, Clemson University

MA in Spanish Literature, University of Georgia 

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, I decided to swap my coastal view for one of the mountains. My love for the Spanish languages extends back to middle school Spanish, when my seventh grade teacher saw what I was capable of with the language; to this day her enthusiasm lives on through me. While studying at Clemson and University of Georgia I was afforded many opportunities to travel to Spanish-speaking countries. In my twelve years of learning the language, through all of my travels to Costa Rica, Argentina, Spain and Peru I am still in awe of the beauty and diversity of all Spanish-speaking cultures.  My drive and passion to continue learning Spanish are only rivaled by my desire to share the language with others. Not only do I want to inspire and encourage students the way I was inspired and encouraged, I want to see the world through different eyes and experience life through varied lenses. While children are still somewhat “new” to the lessons of life, their perspective and fresh way of interpreting their world is nothing short of genius. What better way to broaden their horizons and open their minds than by teaching them a new language?! In my free time I love sinking my teeth into poetry and prose, and I absolutely love to lose myself in the kitchen, trying new recipes. 

     
photo Monroe Spivey

Spanish teacher

B.A. Cultural Anthropology; B.A. Spanish The University of Georgia Athens, GA

M.A. Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Naropa University Boulder, CO

T.W.G. Transformational Wilderness Guide The Earth-Based Institute Boulder, CO

 
Though I am originally from the hills of Tennessee, I have had the good fortune to travel fairly extensively, having been afforded experiences as varied as working as a medical interpreter in Honduras, studying Spanish in Granada, Spain, and most recently, living and working on a permaculture farm in Maui, Hawaii. Such experiences have led me to the belief that language is the portal that unlocks the wonders of the world, engendering my passion for exposing children to the Spanish language. In addition to my work with Lango, I am also an avid helping professional and writer. My professional work as a psychotherapist, primarily with youth, further supports the nuanced understanding and compassion I bring to my work with children. I am thrilled to be a part of this team, and am eager to get to know the many members of the Lango community.

 

     
photo Olivia Del Cid

Spanish Teacher

I am originally from the Washington DC area but relocated to Western North Carolina in the Fall of 2015. I took Spanish all through high school and continued to study Spanish at George Mason University. Over the years I have worked with a variety of age groups and have taught Spanish Immersion and Special Education classes. The experience of learning another language has been eye-opening and has broadened my world view. I hope to help my students to experience those same benefits. When I am not teaching, I enjoy discovering WNC’s natural wonders, doing DIY and craft projects, and interacting with animals.

     
photo CJ O'Reilly

Chinese Teacher

 CJ has been teaching children for half his life starting out with martial arts and swimming lessons, and as an adult has been teaching languages for over six years. After living in China for 5 years teaching ESL and studying Chinese, he relocated to Asheville in 2014 and began teaching Chinese. CJ enjoys bringing a new world to his students in the form of language and helping them enjoy playing in that world with confidence and abandon. He has been working with Lango Asheville since summer of 2014.

     
photo Tess von Geczy

French Teacher

I have been a fluent French speaker for 11 years. I earned a Double Major in 2007 in International Studies and French from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia. As a part of my studies, I also participated in Sweet Briar College's Junior Year Study Abroad program in which I was immersed in French language and culture in Paris, France. I maintain a love of all things French and love exposing young minds to the beauty of this romantic language!