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 of Operations and Spanish Teacher

I was born in Colombia (South America) but I have been calling North Carolina my home since 1993. I have a great passion for education and empowering people through the knowledge of language and cultures. For the past thirteen 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 Assistant Director of Student Services for the nursing school, and for the past five years I have been teaching 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 Monroe Spivey

Spanish teacher

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 Sofia Signoris

Spanish Teacher

I’m originally from Madrid, Spain but have spent the past few years working and living here in the United States.  As my passion has always been to educate young learners, it seemed only natural that I would study childhood development and education at Universidad Camilo José Cela.  Since then, I’ve worked with and taught children in Chicago and more recently at Central Graves County Central Elementary in Kentucky.  Now that I’m in Asheville, I truly feel like I’ve found a long term home here in the US.  With eager young learners at the ready, it’s the perfect environment to develop and grow a multicultural/multilingual community.  

     
photo Karla Guzman

Spanish Teacher

I am originally from Mexico, I came to the United States at the age of 15 and I personally know the difficulties of learning a new language, but I am absolutely convinced that be bilingual is a plus in my life and it is always easier to learn a new language at early age. Therefore I am so happy to participate with the Lango Program. Its my joy to help kids learn Spanish in a fun environment.