There are several benefits of working in a multicultural environment. At Language Stars, we have team members from all over the world, including teachers and directors. Language Stars teachers are some of the most talented people I know. Their dedication, energy and passion for teaching and sharing their culture with others is inspiring and I truly enjoy working with them.
Each of our teachers has a special story. “I love working in an outgoing and positive environment where I can speak with other teachers in the native language and share experiences together,” said Language Stars Spanish and English teacher, Lilly Marquina.
Lilly enjoys that she is able to share her culture with students. They always ask her where she is from and what it is like to live there. Parents often talk to her about her culture as well, whether it’s where to find a particular food item or if she knows about local cultural events.
“It’s the relationships I build with my students and their parents that make the experience as a teacher special,” said Marquina.
We value the importance of exposing our students to different cultures. In our centers, we offer foreign language classes in Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, Italian and Arabic. Introducing a child to an international environment can unlock a great power in them to do good and participate in the world as a global citizen. A young mind is so impressionable and we believe we help children build acceptance of and appreciation for their peers.
We have a very dedicated team of individuals educating our students not only in language, but in culture and tradition. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do best. Our programs utilize a play-based curriculum to engage children from 10 months to 12 years in activities they enjoy in a full immersion environment. Teachers often come up with creative ideas that we share with the team. Collaboration and sharing is part of what makes Language Stars a special place.
“I enjoy learning new techniques from other teachers to better myself and benefit my class and students,” said Language Stars Mandarin teacher, Hsiao Peng.
One of our long-time team members who has held positions as a teacher, trainer, center manager, and now as our Faculty Manager for the Washington D.C. region, has developed a unique perspective and appreciation for Language Stars.
“I’ve always thought that this company was all about opportunity,” said Faculty Manager, Johanna Barrantes. “Every single step in my Language Stars trajectory was a direct consequence of an opportunity that was given to me. Though the fast-pace environment has been a challenge and will continue to be, it is a good indicator on how quickly new opportunities can arrive; you just have to be open to catch them.”
I believe in our mission and how we shape young lives. As the world gets smaller, understanding and appreciating others becomes more and more important. I feel we have a great responsibility working in early foreign language acquisition, and I am proud of the work that we do.
Amanda Michetti is the Metro D.C. Regional Director at Language Stars. “I always tell my families, ‘I wish I had a program like Language Stars to learn Arabic at an earlier age; it would have been so much easier’.”