Welcome to Fourth Grade!
¡Bienvenidos a cuarto Grado!
Please take a moment to get to know our 4th Grade Team

Profe Kristina 
I was born and raised in the Twin Cities area and went to Hopkins Public Schools my whole life.  I headed east for college, receiving my bachelor's degree in bilingual education and ESOL from Boston University.  About a year after graduation, I received an invitation to serve as an environmental volunteer in Nicaragua. During my time there, I conducted environmental education classes, formed lifelong friendships, tried to influence lives for the better, and met my future husband, John, a fellow volunteer.  Since the Peace Corps, I have taught first grade at Urban Academy in St. Paul, ESOL in upstate South Carolina, and many grades at LILA.  I completed my master's degree in Education with a certificate in Gifted Education through Hamline University in the spring of 2013. My hobbies are reading, playing the piano, scrapbooking, baking, and seeing Broadway shows.

Profe Roberto
- Welcome Letter
As a teacher in LILA since 2012, from 3rd to 5th grade, Math and French in middle school and lastly 4th grade, I have worked with several maturation stages. I grew up in Spain, in a little town called Irun, right in the French border. That gave me the opportunity to go to school in France. Like in our school, I enjoyed a true immersion in a foreign language. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education and later studied Sports Training. Then I finished a Master’s degree in research, which relates a lot with our curriculum based in inquiry. Children have always been inspiring for me, and I enjoy working with them. At the same time, I try to be demanding because I particularly like to have committed students. Sports, specifically Judo, have made me especially fond of courage, temperance and justice; all of which coincide with the IB learner profile attributes and attitudes.
Profe Cesca
- Welcome Letter
I started in LILA as a 3rd grade Ambassador, then I have been teaching 4th grade for the last four years. I grew up in Spain, in the Mediterranean area close to Barcelona. Involve on Educational activities since I was 16 years old, this is my passion. First it was as a Girl scout, then as a tutor in summer camps and I also worked in a school camp for 2 years. I studied socio-cultural activities to help the community and then I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education. I have had the opportunity of work with Children in a range of environments that I have enjoyed and I feel like I learn every day from them. This is why I love my job! LILA gave me the opportunity to enjoy children in two environments, not only academically but also socially which, for me, is a unique opportunity. I look forward to keep growing as a teacher and better deal with student's individual needs.

Liu Laoshi - Welcome Letter
Hello! I have taught at LILA since 2016 as fifth-grade Chinese immersion teacher. This is my first year to work with fourth-grade team and I am excited about it! I’m from China, my hometown is called Yinchuan, a beautiful small city located in Ningxia province (north-west part of China).  I graduated from the university of Minnesota with my master of education in 2016 and applied my teaching licence after I graduated. Before I work for LILA, I have two years of experience teaching Chinese in grades 4-12 at public schools and weekend schools in Minnesota and one year experience to work as a graduate assistant for the Confucius Institute at university of Minnesota. I believe that language is the key to understanding culture and aims to facilitate a deeper knowledge of how traditional Chinese culture has impacted modern life.

Profe Stewin
I am from Barranquilla, Colombia. I graduated from ÚNICA university in Bogotá, capital of Colombia. I have a Bachelor Degree in Bilingual Education. I have always been passionate about teaching. I worked as a Language Arts teacher in middle school, and I had the opportunity to work at LILA for one year as an ambassador, which was a fruitful experience. Now, I know that this year as a 4th grade classroom teacher will be even greater, and my students and I will learn a lot from each other. I love to see that my kids are learning in encouraging and fun ways. So, I hope this year will be full of excitement, joy, and a lot of meaningful learning. Some of my interests include playing volleyball, going for walks, traveling, and learning languages. This will be my second year to go skiing and ice skating, so I am very excited about it. The best part about traveling is getting to know new people and sharing one’s culture. I want my students not only to learn about my Colombian culture but also to teach me about their Minnesotan culture.

Peng Laoshi 
I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year. I am looking forward to
teaching them a lot of new things and helping them successful. I grew up in China and got my bachelor degree from Sichuan Normal University with a major in Chinese Language and Literacy. I also received my master degree from Michigan State University and focused on Teaching and Curriculum. While in the U.S, I had two years Chinese teaching experience in middle school and high school. In my free time, I like cycling, badminton, swimming and traveling. I have been to Canada, Japan and Thailand, and I expect to visit more countries to experience diverse cultures. I am very excited to have a chance to share authentic language and cultures with you and your child. I defined myself as a dynamic language educator. Passionate about teaching and helping young people grow as bilinguals——committed to providing an authentic Chinese learning environment maximizing the potential for every student.

Language ambassadors

Spanish AmbassadorsJose and Marc

 Chinese Ambassador