The founder and Teaching Director
The founder and director of LA Spanish School, Diana Albarracin, is a native Spanish speaker raised in Colombia. She is an innovator in teaching Spanish as a second language, developer of curriculum and passionate about encouraging interest in younger children regarding the reading and writing acquisition and learning process. She studied in the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas in Bogotá, Colombia, earning a bachelor's degree in Title of Licentiate in Modern Languages: Spanish and English, in 2005. Her degree is equivalent to the Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages: Spanish and English awarded by regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States. She was deeply moved by listening to farming families' experiences with violence, and thus, her thesis "Literacy proposal directed to adults in state of forced displacement" incorporated these families' stories and the learning process of reading and writing for both children and adults. Diana has more than 12 years of experience in teaching Spanish as a second language in different schools throughout Los Angeles. This includes charter schools, public progressive schools and private schools. She is passionate about seeing her students' growth in understanding, speaking and writing in Spanish as a second language. In the youngest pupils, not only speaking but reading and writing too. This passion practically encourages her interest to move forward and keep learning from her students; hence rewarding them by providing them with a didactic and meaningful curriculum to immerse them into the Spanish language through the LA Spanish School Program.
L.A Spanish School in Santa Monica, CA is a fun and educational immersion program designed to teach Spanish to children and adults. Our specially designed lessons are based on proven methods of language acquisition including: Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS), Communicative Approach and integrating Multiple Intelligence approaches into daily activities. L.A Spanish School operates under a licensed program with the City of Santa Monica Recreational Park Classes. Our lessons are focused on students’ emotional development, students’ potential proficiency in the Spanish language, and a strong and positive classroom environment and community. We are open every season offering mini camps and mini sessions. Parents, feel confident to register your children and happily use our Total Immersion Spanish program as an alternative to any other school for your youngsters.
The goal of our LA Spanish Immersion School Program is to offer another alternative and didactic tool to support our community and families education raising bilingual children. Our Spanish Immersion method incorporates daily meaningful and practical activities connected with the cultural understanding as a component in the proficiency in the Spanish language.
Our team of Teachers
Our team of teachers is diverse. All of them are native speakers from different parts of Latin America and Spain. They are all professional tutors with experience at working with children and teaching them Spanish as a second language. They all show positive energy with children, parents and other teachers at all times. Working as a team makes all the difference; acknowledging that each minute the kids are spending at our school is valuable. Our teachers are fun, creative, patient, and, of course, always looking for new strategies to communicate with children without using any English in class at all.There are 8 to 10 children per teacher. Parental volunteers are present at each class, plus two teachers or interns who come to learn about our methods and gather experience regarding the instruction of our lessons.