Who Are We

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Who Are We

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Lingual Kids was established in 2002 by Terra Baker-Trofort. Terra’s own language studies, extensive travel, and commitment to education inspired her to create a program that would use age-appropriate themes and participatory lessons to engage young learners. Lingual Kids holds its instructors to the highest education standards, so you can trust that your facilitators will be fluent in your language of choice, enthusiastic, and attentive to the unique needs of the students in their care.

Why It Works

The key to our success lies beyond our passion for learning and our accomplished teachers. We use and array of visual props, music, movement, storytelling, and child-friendly learning themes so that students effortlessly absorb sounds and intonations of the language. These tailored immersion techniques consistently result in expedient conversational proficiency. Lesson vocabulary is modeled seamlessly using phrases that are easily picked up by students. Our methods encourage retention and enjoyment.

Our Director

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.32.04 AMTerra Baker-Trofort, director and founder of Lingual Kids, is a graduate of Florida State University where she received her BA in Spanish. Her commitment to education began as a sophomore in high school when she volunteered at Ascension Lutheran Church School in Los Angeles, Calif. teaching Spanish to kindergarten students. Her love for language and children grew throughout college and inspired her to travel abroad and volunteer in her local community as an Adult ESL teacher. She has served in the classroom in Florida, California and Georgia. Her zeal to equip and impact the lives of children led her to the creation of Lingual Kids.

Our Team

 

Spanish Teacher

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Ms. Haidy, a Spanish teacher at Lingual Kids, is from Cuba and studied Early child Education at the University of Havana. She loves working with children, and helping them develop both intellectually and emotionally.

 

 

 

 

Spanish Teacher

IMG_5679 (1)Ms. Luisa, a Spanish teacher at Lingual Kids, is from Bogota, Colombia where she found her passion for teaching at a very early age. She graduated from the Colombian Institute for Preschool Education in 1980, focusing on literacy, mathematics and learning disabilities with a Montessori approach. She is very excited to be a part of the Lingual Kids team and is excited about working with her students this year!

 

 

 

Spanish Teacher

FullSizeRender (2)Ms. Yudannis “Yudit”, a Spanish teacher at Lingual Kids,  was born in Cuba and studied Early Childhood education in Spain. She recently moved to the US and began working on her Child Development Associate’s degree. She brings a wealth of cultural experiences that she shares with her students.  In the class, she loves watching the kids learn through discovery and play and learns a lot from them in the process.  She is often reminded by a quote from a Cuban poet, “kids are the hope of the future.”

 

 

Intern Spanish Teacher

image2Ms. Taylor is currently a senior at Georgia State University, studying Spanish & International Business.  She currently works as an Intern Spanish teacher with Lingual Kids. She has a love for the Spanish language and culture and enjoys working with children. She’s excited about the opportunity to share her passion for culture with the students and looks forward to learning in the process.

 

 

Mandarin Teacher

image1Ms. Jamie is a Mandarin teacher at Lingual Kids, and graduated from UGA with a master’s degree in Kinesiology. She also studied at Xi’an International Studies University and taught students in China.

 

 

 

 

 

Mandarin Teacher

Ms. Fei, a Mandarin teacher at Lingual Kids, is from Shanghai, China and received her Associate’s degree in Childhood Education. Overall she has had over 20 years of teaching experience, with the majority of her experience teaching Chinese in America. She is a creative and patient teacher with a love for kids. She hopes that you and your children will have a great experience in her class.

 

At Lingual Kids, we only hire qualified instructors to teach our language classes. All instructors are fluent in your selected foreign language by nature of being bilingual or obtaining a degree in the language. All instructors are trained in the Lingual Kids Focus on Fun approach to teaching. If you’re interested in joining the Lingual Kids team, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@lingualkids.com.

 

Our Philosophy

photo 4 (1)Our mission is to to equip and empower today’s youth with foreign language skills that will enable them to connect, function and compete in a global society. The emerging global society demands that we bridge gaps by learning languages other than our own. Lingual Kids is actively preparing todays students for tomorrow’s challenges. Lingual Kids seeks to create an appreciation of cultural diversity, incorporate literacy-rich and age-appropriate themes, engage active learners with exploratory, dynamic and participatory foreign language courses and lessons. Teachers go beyond teaching basic Mandarin and Spanish words, but actually gear students toward conversational skills and fluency. Students gain a greater sense of global community, a competitive edge in the future global marketplace, enhanced cognitive reasoning and qualitative skills, as well as expanded active communication skills.