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 Ailsa Bennett

Spanish Teacher

Ailsa Bennett is a Hendersonville native who had spent many years living outside of North Carolina before recently moving back to the mountains. She attended UNC Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in Global Studies with a focus on Transnational Cultures and Identities of Latin America. She has lived in Chile and Mexico and worked for two years in bilingual nonprofit roles in Texas. Currently Ailsa works with Buncombe and Henderson County Schools as a Spanish Interpreter and brings many years of childcare experience to the classroom. She is excited and humbled to be part of the Lango community.

photo Emma Petersen

Spanish Teacher

I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Here is where I fell in love with language; Hawaii is a melting pot of language and culture from Portuguese to Micronesian. I continued to take Spanish through my college years, even suffering through 18th century Spanish Literature! With diploma in hand in 2012, I traveled to Central America where I spent two months on busses and foot, meandering from Mexico to Costa Rica and everywhere in between. I have a profound love of culture, and a passion for languages and storytelling. I have spent time in 13 different countries and just returned from 6 months in Chiapas, Mexico. My teaching experience extends from two years spent as a bilingual preschool teacher at a Montessori school in Southern Oregon. Creating a loving environment where children can explore their curiosities to expand their knowledge is my goal as a teacher. My husband, my two year old son, and myself live in rural Barnardsville with our two dogs and our kitty cat Enok. In our spare time we love being outside and on the river as my husband and I are both white water enthusiasts!