Felissa Taylor founded Día de los Niños when she saw how her 2 young sons were thriving in Spanish.
"I understood the benefits of learning another language at a young age, and wanted to provide other families in the Austin area the opportunity to have the same for their own children."
She enjoys hiking, cycling, travel, and is a singer-songwriter who loves to bring music into the classroom.
Her concentration of study as a graduate and undergraduate student was language acquisition, and
she has served on committees writing benchmarks and standards related to language learning for the state of Texas as well as curriculum for other organizations.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Casa Albergue Hogar in Ojinaga Mexico and travels with her 2 sons to Central America each summer where they attend classes.
Margaret Rieley has worked in the education field for the last 8 years, as a tutor to children in grades K through 6 in New York City, and as an administrative assistant and assistant teacher at a Montessori school here in Austin. She loves traveling and speaking Spanish, having spent time living in Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as taking many memorable trips to both Latin America and Spain. She is excited to get to know her students and to help pass along her passion for speaking Spanish!
Claire Milam is a native Texan. She has a MS in Bilingual (Spanish/ESL) from Bank Street College of Education. Claire is a mother of two, an experienced teacher, and a gardener.
Costa Rica is her favorite Spanish speaking country, in fact she and Felissa Taylor met up there with their families last summer. She looks forward to getting to work with your child and family this summer!
Naymar Prikhodko is a trilingual licensed social worker graduated in 2015 from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an analyst programmer with more than 15 years of experience as a facilitator for computer classes for young adults, adults and seniors and 6 years experience as a Spanish facilitator for children in Pre-K, Kindergarten and Elementary school.
She began her career in the field of social services working within the Austin ISD in 2002. During the months of June and July, Naymar will be joining our group as a teacher for our Spanish class.
She is bringing her enthusiasm and fresh ideas to our team and is contributing to the development of our Summer Spanish Curriculum. As a native Spanish speaker, Naymar will have the joy and commitment to lead your children in this summer Spanish adventure in which participants will be immersed in learning Spanish through storytelling activities, role play games, dancing and singing performances, and many other sensory games oriented to inspire the natural pleasure most children have for languages, communication, and interaction with others.
The continuing conflict in Nicaragua has had dire effects on the people there. When traveling to Granada last year my sons and I instantly fell in love with this colonial town.
Casa Xalteva is a school located in Granada who works with children and teens in situations of risk and vulnerability.
As a social enterprise, the local children's program is completely funded by the Spanish Immersion Program and donations.
Because of the downturn in tourism Casa Xalteva is one of the many organizations affected. To fund programming they are currently offering engaging Spanish classes via Skype- my sons take the classes and love them!
Classes are $10/hour. A great addition for parents and older siblings brush up on Spanish. For more information--