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

Señora Kelley - Welcome Letter  Class Website
With more than 20 years of experience in education, I have been involved in various aspects of program development, management and teaching. At LILA I have taught 4th Grade, Artes Culturales and Kinder. I have also helped LILA to become authorized as an IB World School, acting as LILA’s International Baccalaureate Primary Year’s Program Coordinator. I taught bilingual elementary in Chicago and Berkeley, California. I was instrumental in building and directing a 21st Century Communication Education Learning Center in Minneapolis. An artist and published poet, I have lived in Spain for almost a year. I am married to Oscar, and have four daughters I love very much. Being part of a bilingual and bicultural family, I live what I teach. LILA holds international mindedness at the heart of "who we are", and I feel privileged to be part of this multilingual and multicultural family! I look forward to a year full of inquiry, creativity and collaboration with 4th graders at LILA this year!

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 Angie - Welcome Letter
Hello! I have taught at LILA since 2013 and in that time have taught both first and fourth grades. I love the students and staff at LILA and value the emphasis we put on the social as well as academic curriculum. I am excited to share my love of learning with my students and enjoy seeing them grow and develop as thinkers, inquirers, and classroom community members throughout the school year.
I grew up near Green Bay, Wisconsin (Go Packers!) and attended the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in St. Joseph, MN. I graduated with degrees in elementary education, secondary education, and Spanish. While in college I studied abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile and thoroughly enjoyed learning about another culture and meeting life-long friends! Most recently I lived in Querétaro, Mexico for a year as a math specialist for kindergarten through 5th grade. While in Querétaro I enjoyed making new friends, using my Spanish, playing on an ultimate Frisbee team, experiencing the culture, and eating lots of delicious food!
My love for learning about the Spanish language and other cultures developed from various eye care mission trips I have taken with my family in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras. I love to travel, teach, learn, read, make connections with my students, exercise, be outdoors, and spend time with family and friends.

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.

Language ambassadors

GonzaloSpanish Ambassador Gonzalo

Gonzalo is 22 years old and is joining us from Segovia, Spain where his parents and older sister reside. He comes from a very athletic family and is a decathlete himself. He plays rugby, handball, and hockey in addition to his athletic training. Gonzalo also enjoys art, philosophy, and traveling. His travels have taken him many places including Italy, London, Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, Oslo, Belgrade, and Krakow. Gonzalo prefers an active host family, or at least one that will be OK with him hanging out at the gym during his free time. While he studied at a Christian school growing up and will be respectful of his host family’s religious desires.

 Chinese Ambassador Freya

Hello! I'm a Chinese Language ambassador at 4th grade. I come from Changchun city,Jilin province, north-east of China. I'm a graduate student of Jilin Normal University majored in teaching Chinese as a second language.I'm very glad to have this opportunity to be a Chinese teacher in American class and work with so many friendly teachers at the same time.Before I came to America, I have been worked as an ambassador in a Chinese class to teach the students of 7-12 age in 2016.I enjoy traveling,cooking and writing.I have a patient heart and a curious mind,I believe I can spend a  meaningful and happy year at LILA.