My name is Carolina Gomez, and I am originally from Colombia where I have spent a great deal of my life. I am happily married to an American who shares the passion for languages with me. He and I have the most wonderful children who are being raised in a bilingual casita and enjoy the benefits of both cultures. As part of our commitment to raising bilingual children we travel to Colombia whenever we have a bit of time free so our children can spend time with abuelito and abuelita while being immersed in Spanish and enjoy everything from abuelita’s kitchen.
I hold a B.A in Modern Language from La Universidad del Valle in Colombia and a Masters in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. I am also the founder of of 1-2-3 Spanish Together™, an early language program designed to teach young children Spanish through music and movement. I currently teach Spanish at the elementary level in private school in the Austin area. As a teacher, I had difficulty finding music to teach Spanish as a foreign language to children, and, as a result, I have created many of the songs in the curriculum.
I can say that my love for other languages started when I was very young, but grew even bigger when I first met my husband who at that time was a first year teacher in a bilingual school in Colombia where I was also new to teaching English to children. With his little Spanish I made it my challenge to help him learn the language, and I really enjoyed every single bit of it. During our first year of marriage, we divided the house in different rooms where we could only use Spanish or English, and a room where both languages were allowed. It was extremely fun; it not only helped him, but me with my English, too.
When we moved to the United States, with my background as a language teacher I moved to teaching Spanish to children and I am extremely glad I moved to the US because here I really found my passion for teaching Spanish to young learners.
I am glad Fun for Spanish Teachers is a place where I can continue spreading the love of teaching Spanish to young learners through contributions and experiences as a mom and a teacher. I look forward to posting more and interacting with many of you!