An Extracurricular Activity at the Suzuki School
The Suzuki School has offered Spanish and French instruction since its inception in 1976 in collaboration with outside vendors. Over the years, we expanded the offering to include Chinese, and have also worked with different vendors and approaches to improve outcomes.
After close study of the foreign language program over the last year we decided the program needed to be restructured to introduce new languages earlier and more frequently to our young absorbent minds. We also wanted to bring language instruction in house to better align the teaching with the Montessori system of instruction.
While this resulted in a expansive Foreign Language program throughout the school, it also allowed us to create Suzuki Scholars - an Extracurricular Activity offered once a week starting in PrePrimary for Spanish, French and Chinese. These classes are an incredible opportunity for your child to experience smaller group instruction in Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese!
Spanish Sample Lesson Plan
FRENCH SAMPLE LESSON PLAN
MANDARIN SAMPLE LESSON PLAN
Registration IS NOW CLOSED. IT will re-open for summer session
Dora Prestigiacomo is the Spanish Instructor at the Ponce City Market Campus. She was born in Italy, and moved to Venezuela as a young child. She is fluent in Italian, Spanish and English. Dora has taught Spanish for many years in area preschools. Dora has a Child Development Associate’s credential and attended Midland Technical College where she studied bookkeeping.
Erika Hopkins is the Spanish Instructor at the Buckhead Campus. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to California after graduating from college. She has lived in Atlanta for 2 years and has worked as a Spanish teacher at an Spanish immersion preschool. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Mexico. Erika also studied Early Childhood Education at Santa Mónica college in Los Angeles, California. She brings 5 years of experience teaching Spanish to children.
Judith Soto is a Spanish Instructor at both the Northside and Buckhead Campuses. Judith grew up in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Relations from the University of Puerto Rico. She has also completed continuing education courses in Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP), Management Coaching, and Emotional Intelligence. She eagerly embraced homeschooling education for her two daughters from 2011 to 2015.
Mei Lee Wells
Mei Lee Wells was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She was adopted at 11 years old by an American family and moved to San Antonio, Texas. After high school she joined the United States Air Force and traveled the world. She retired in 1999 to take care of her young son and soon after started volunteering with the preschool where her son was attending, first as a choir director and later as a teacher working around the school. In 2008, Mei Lee started teaching Chinese Mandarin and soon was teaching 600 children. Mei Lee now offers Chinese instruction around the Atlanta metro area. She has found that Chinese education should start at infancy, and that it will develop the child’s ear.
Sheryl Bessarion recently joined the Suzuki School working both as the French enrichment instructor and assisting in the HR department. Ms. Bessarion relocated from Paris in 2015. After having completed a Masters Degree in Human Resources, she has worked for the Bank, Metallurgy and IT Services industries. Sheryl will provide French instruction to the young students in PrePrimary and Primary one time a week as an enrichment class.