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.
Diane has worked as an educator since 2015; as a tutor, babysitter and English teacher overseas, a Spanish class tutor in University, and as an Elementary Spanish teacher. She received her Bachelors Degree in English with a major in Spanish in 2016 from The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley and from there she continued to work in Education. She thoroughly enjoys helping others learn and grow, and is always looking for ways to grow in the profession of teaching. Diane enjoys working with children the most as they make her laugh and are very eager to learn. Her teaching style revolves around hands on activities, songs, and hand games.
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!
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-
Classes are $10/hour. A great addition for parents and older siblings brush up on Spanish. For more information--