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Meet Crystal Santiago, The Village School’s new Middle School French and Spanish teacher. Ms. Santiago recently relocated to Naples from New York City where she served as an instructor of Spanish for Grades 5-12 at the Quad Preparatory School.

Ms. Santiago’s love for teaching began during her undergraduate studies, where she served as a teaching assistant at her university’s French Lab. There, she found her passion for mentoring students and expressing her love for foreign language and culture. Ultimately, this experience guided Ms. Santiago in her baccalaureate studies of French. 

When asked about her approach to teaching, Ms. Santiago said “in order to create a welcoming and engaging learning environment for all students, I like to incorporate interactive activities such as songs, games and other projects in order to creatively engage students at a higher level of thinking.” Ms. Santiago mentioned that one of the biggest challenges that she faces when working with young language learners is breaking down the stigma of languages being a “foreign” subject. “I like to explain to students that learning a language is an everyday task that people all around the world participate in,” said Ms. Santiago. 

By breaking down the barrier and incorporating an element of relatability into her curriculum, Ms. Santiago has seen her students excel in all facets of embracing foreign language and culture. We are so excited to have Ms. Santiago with us as she embarks on her first year at The Village School!

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