¡ Important Information !
Katie Kiesel & Miriam Pissas
Welcome! My name is Miriam Pissas and I have been teaching for 16 years. I am very excited to get to know all of you! At home, we speak both Spanish and Portuguese. I am from Mexico, and my husband is from Brazil. We have twin boys that are attending middle school this year. On our free time, we like to hike and watch comedy movies.
My co-teacher is Katie Kiesel. She has been volunteering at Desert Willow for the past 5 years and has two boys in the Spanish Immersion Program. Her mother was a bilingual teacher, and Katie has been speaking Spanish for many years. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves to garden, hike and build things.
This school year we will create, learn, play and have fun while learning Spanish. Thank you for entrusting your children to us. We are looking forward to an amazing year!
About Spanish Immersion
This preschool class, housed at the Desert Willow School, allows children between 3-5 years of age to experience their day exclusively in Spanish. Language immersion is an educational approach, especially effective for young children, that results in second language acquisition. The Emergent Curriculum is an approach to teaching, learning and advocacy for children. Teachers record these observations to reflect on developmentally appropriate ways to help children expand their academic and social potentials. Long term projects connect core academic areas in and out of the classroom.