We are very excited to announce that Español (Spanish) special will begin for Pre-K this week. If you have older children that have been through Winnona Park then you are most likely familiar with Señora Linda Fabel Duque.
Linda Fabel Duque has dedicated more than 3 decades to mastering the art of teaching foreign language to young children. Her professional trajectory spans from teaching English as a foreign language in a full immersion International School in Cali, Colombia from 1984 to 2006 to teaching K-3 Spanish at Winnona Park Elementary for the past 10 years. She resided in Costa Rica and Colombia for 30 years where she not only perfected her Spanish but also absorbed all the nuances of Latin culture. There she and her Colombian spouse raised 3 awesome, multicultural, bilingual children.
Linda is the director and founder of Escuelita de Lita, the Decatur place where kids play, create, and learn in Spanish through immersion in a kaleidoscope of games, stories, dramatizations, song, dance, and experiences with arts, crafts, and physical activities– all in Spanish! Escuelita de Lita embodies her passion for teaching Spanish to young learners in a fun, nurturing and natural setting. Lita is the Spanish term of endearment for Grandma and Linda is equally Lita to her students and her own grandchildren alike.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona. She is a member of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and presented at the National ACTFL conference in San Antonio in November 2014. She is also a member of NNELL (The National Network for Early Language Learning) and FLAG (Foreign Language Association of Georgia). She prides herself as a dedicated and accomplished educator-in-the field. Her wealth of educational experiences include developing Spanish connections to Expeditionary Learning expeditions in grades K-3, individualizing instruction, and mentoring and training teachers.
Please be sure to welcome Señora Duque if you see her!