Teachers

photo Natalie Kane

Family Programs Director and Teacher

I am originally from Monterrey, Mexico and grew up using Spanish and English interchangeably.  Needless to say, being fluent in two languages has opened many doors for me.  

In an effort to provide my own son and other families a fun activity to do in Spanish, I created a program called Aprende Cantando.  I taught it for nearly 3 years at Heartsong Music before branching out and starting Semillitas de Español.  My goal was to create a very unique language school that would teach Spanish to children, offer parents a way to be involved in their child's language learning, and offer hispanic families activities to nurture their children's Spanish as they grow up.

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photo Eleann (Ely) Rodriguez

Immersion Program Director & Teacher 

I was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and grew up in a quiet and peacful town called San Lorenzo.  During my last two years of high school, I volunteered to help my special needs teacher during my free time before and after school. This is where I discovered my passion and ability for working with children.
 
After graduating with high honors from high school, I began my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education (K-3), with a minor in Special Education at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao.  While seeking my degree, I participated in the Honor and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program which had a great impact on my long term goals. This program gave me the opportunity to have two different significant research experiences. First, I worked with families with autistic children in Puerto Rico.  Following that, I conducted research for the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign through a Summer Research Opportunities Program.  This latter opportunity changed my a academic goals and life.

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