Hola! I’m Elisabeth.
Growing up in North Carolina, I never expected to be raising three kids in Spanish. Back in school, I could do the grammar exercises. But when I tried to use it in real life, it felt like noise and I could barely communicate.
Bilingualism seemed to be for a special crowd: people less self-conscious or with a “better ear” for languages. As much as I loved the travel and different cultures, a second language felt out of reach.
I created this little corner of the internet because life surprised me. I did learn Spanish, and later, I discovered resources that gave me confidence as a teacher and parent. I want my readers to feel the same. You can raise little Spanish-speakers; your classroom can be full of living language that sticks!
More About Me
In 2003, I entered UNC-Chapel Hill with plans to major in Elementary Education and minor in Spanish. However, I dropped the minor and figured a second language wasn’t for me.
In 2007, I moved to the high jungle of Peru to teach English. Five months turned into two years, and along the way I fell for a local guy named Pocho. We got married in the U.S. and lived there 8 years, before returning to Peru in 2017.
Even when dating, we talked about raising our kids bilingually. It seemed like a no-brainer when our first baby was born! But when the time came for cooing and baby talk, and then little baby commands, I felt a little lost and unnatural.
I realized that being a bilingual family was going to involve more intentionality than I’d realized. It’s meant building a library of books, music, and poetry in Spanish, making a language plan, and working really hard.
You’ll notice I have a little bit of everything. If it feels overwhelming, my start here page is a good place to get oriented.
I’ve taught a little bit of everything over the past 10 years: English in Peru, 1st and 2nd grade in the U.S., and Spanish from preschool to high school.
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