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 Valeria Tezzon

Spanish Teacher

I was born in Trentino-Alto Adige, a trilingual autonomous region nestled in the Alps of Northern Italy and throughout my studies, I traveled extensively within Europe, the Middle East, and South America.  My constant exposure to different languages allowed me to develop a passion for foreign languages and cultures and the desire to facilitate communication between people. Before moving to the U.S. and calling the Blue Ridge Mountains my new home, I taught foreign languages to children and adults and I love to keep myself updated about different teaching techniques and approaches. I advocate for literacy and equity in the community and I am very excited to join Lango in its mission of giving children the opportunity to grow and learn through language classes. 

     
  Roseanne Cataldo

Spanish Teacher

 

While I am new to the Asheville area the teaching of language is something very familiar to me. I spent 23 years as a bilingual educator in New York working with various populations and age groups. In addition, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel and experience different languages and cultures. The program at Lango supports many of the most important principles of language acquisition including beginning at an early age and teaching in a fun filled, non academic environment. I am happy to be part of this unique program and to have the opportunity to work with and hopefully inspire children to become culturally curious.